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Stuffed Vine Leaves

2016-12-01
  • Course: Appetizer
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Stuffed Vine Leaves
    Delicious mixture stuffed into rolls of vine leaves and served in Lebanese mezze.

    Ingredients

    • 225g Grape leaves
    • 1 Cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 Onion, finely chopped
    • 3 Cups parsley, chopped
    • 3 Cups tomatoes, diced
    • ¼ Cup mint leaves, finely chopped
    • 1 Cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar rice, washed
    • ½ Cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar olive oil
    • ¾ Cup lemon juice
    • Salt & pepper
    • 2 Potatoes, cut in rings

    Step 1

    Soak the grape (vine) leaves in hot water for 2 minutes, remove and set aside.

    Step 2

    To make the filling, combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, tomatoes, mint, rice, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

    Step 3

    Open flat the vine leaves on a board and put 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center, fold 2 sides over filling and roll up tightly like a small cigar.

    Step 4

    Repeat this step till you finish all the stuffing or all the leaves.

    Step 5

    Place the potatoes in the bottom of the saucepan. Layer tightly all the stuffed wine leaves, cover with water and season with salt. Use a plate as a lid. Choose a plate that fits inside the saucepan and top the leaves with up side down. This will prevent the wines leaves from opening.

    Step 6

    Cook on slow heat for 1 hour.

    Step 7

    Serve cold.

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