Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed grape-vine leaves served as appetizer
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 14 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
158 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 12g
Calcium 134mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Stuffed grape leaves are delicious and are such a comfort food. These are different than your grandmother's version with an ingredient list that is a mile long with all sorts of spices. We have created a simpler version for those who don't have a lot of time. This recipe is easy and will have your guests begging for the recipe.


  • 1 pound ground beef (lean)
  • 1 cup white rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) grape leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Soak grape leaves in cold water for 2 to 3 hours. Jarred grape leaves are very salty from the brine solution.

  2. Rinse and drain in a colander. Set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well with hands.

  4. Place a grape leaf stem-side down. Place about 1 to 2 tablespoons of mixture in the middle.

  5. Fold in the sides and roll upward. Think of rolling a burrito, only smaller.

  6. When you have rolled the last leaf, place a heavy plate on top of the stuffed grape leaves in your pan. We use a ceramic plate. This helps keep the grape leaves in place during cooking so they don't shift around.

  7. Fill pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes until rice and meat are done.