Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

Stuffed Grape-Vine Leaves served as appetizer
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Ratings (27)
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 70 Rolls (14 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
158 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
12g Protein
(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 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.