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Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe
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Cooking Time : 3 minutes
Serving : 9
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Prepare the ingredients before making Stuffed Grape Leaves in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve Stuffed Grape Leaves for your family or friends.

Ingredients: Stuffed Grape Leaves

  • Meat Filling Mixture
  • 3 1/2 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, lamb, deer)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • Grape Leaves
  • 1 large jar of grape leaves (90 count)
  • Sauce
  • 3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 quart Tomato sauce (Spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • water or more chicken broth
  • Utensils
  • 8 quart lidded stock pot
  • 1 heat proof plate, cast iron lid
  • 1 weight or cup of water
  • 2 large plates
  • 1 sharp knife

How to Make Stuffed Grape Leaves

If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 22 steps you must follow to make Stuffed Grape Leaves in your home by yourself.

    Step 1
  • Mix with your hand all the meat, onion, and rinsed brown rice, garlic, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup onion.
  • Step 2
  • Set aside. ( I use 19oz. Pkg ground turkey, a little more than a lb. of ground beef and ground deer meat. The combo to me makes it taste somewhat like lamb. I have used all ground beef. Use what you like best.)
  • Step 3
  • Open your grape leaves , drain, and pull out a bundle. This jar has three. It is a little tricky, don't worry if you tear some on the first bundle.
  • Step 4
  • Trim stems and large veins.
  • Step 5
  • Trim the stems from one bunch of grape leaves. ( I do one bunch and fill them, then move on to the next bunch )
  • Step 6
  • You may use as much or as little meat as you like, if you use too much it will be hard to fold and not come out like a neat bundle, don't worry just take out some of the meat filling and reroll.
  • Step 7
  • This is a large leaf. Some will be odd shaped or torn, set those aside until last. Pointed side is at bottom. Fold top down over meat.
  • Step 8
  • Fold sides in keeping leaf snug around meat.
  • Step 9
  • Roll down to bottom to make a stuffed tight bundle. Continue until you use your pile of grape leaves.
  • Step 10
  • Put the finished ones on a large plate. I do these a bundle at a time because I stand at the counter and my back needs a break every so often. If you sit at your table you may be able to work straight through. Stuff and roll til you run out of something.
  • Step 11
  • You will get large and small leaves. You can separate large and small when you trim the stems off.
  • Step 12
  • I had 14 leaves left when I ran out of meat. You could put these in a freezer bag, removing the air, and keep for a month in the freezer OR you can lay a few of them in the bottom of your large pot to protect your bundles from possible burning.
  • Step 13
  • Now we will assemble and get ready to cook
  • Step 14
  • Take a large pot with a lid, I use an 8 quart size. Layer 6-8 of your left over grape leaves on the bottom of pot. Since you can't stir while cooking, sometimes it burns a little if your fire is too high.
  • Step 15
  • Pour enough tomato sauce to just cover your leaves in the bottom of pot.
  • Step 16
  • Layer your bundles in a flat layer snugly. Repeat layering of bundles until you have put all stuffed grape leaves into pot.
  • Step 17
  • I had 3 layers, about 77. You want them snug because in the sauce they may float, open and your filling will come out. That is why in a few more steps we will lay a plate or weight on top of them.
  • Step 18
  • Pour the rest of the tomato juice, the onion, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, and the 3 cups of chicken stock over the bundles slowly.
  • Step 19
  • ***Place a small metal or plastic plate or cast iron lid ( I couldn't find mine) on top of the bundles with a cup of water if it needs some weight. My Grandfather did this with the stock pot smaller lid and a metal weight. ***I usually don't do this but a lot of recipes call for it so I thought I would try it this time.!!!!!! My plate and water were not heavy enough to stay in place while cooking. Cast iron or a steel trivot would work. Almost all stayed wrapped anyway.!!!!
  • Step 20
  • Use low flame. Bring to a gentle boil, then simmer. Add more broth or water if the sauce gets below the bundles. We need to cook the meat and the rice and still have sauce left for when we eat them.( I didn't need extra water)
  • Step 21
  • Cook for 2 hours then check to see if your rice is cooked by cutting one in half and tasting. If not cook 30 minutes more on low. (I cooked mine for 3 hours because I was waiting for the hubby to get home, they were perfect, not overcooked at all and not burned)
  • Step 22
  • Serve with a little sauce spooned over them. Some buttered crusty bread and a salad.
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