9 January 2016

Grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef (Hojitas de parra rellenas con arroz y carne)








We always make these grape leaves, hubby and kids loved, My Mom in law came from a Leabanon's family and my Dad in law from Palestine.

These grape leavces, stuffed with a mixture of rice and neat are delicious. 
These can either be a main dish or and appetizer.


Source : From my own notebook of recipes










Ingredients

50 or 60 leaves drained  and rinsed
or  1 1/2  jar grape leaves

2 cups uncooked white rice

70 grams butter

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of curry powder

500 grams ground beef

oil and lemon juice for sprinkle


Method

For cook grapes leaves:

Drain the grape leaves and carefully pull them apart. Put them in a saucepan and cook in hot water by some seconds ( about 30 seconds). Drain and let them until you are ready to roll.


Rice mixture


Wash the rice with warm water, then cold water and leave dry.
Add  the ground beef, mix with rice and season all with salt, pepper and curry, add the butter cut into small pieces.
Mix all with your hands.

Cover the bottom of a pot with some ready-made grape leaves. 

 Take one  leaf, shiny side down, and place 1 teaspoon of the rice mixture ate the bottom end of the leaf.
Fold both sides of the leaf towards the centar, roll up from the broad bottom to the top and place in the pot.
 Press soft  by hand and go putting them in orderly form in the pot. 
Sprinkle with some lemon juice and a little oil.

 Add a little salt and place over a plate of tea turned to help tighten the leaves.
Cover with hot water in moderate amounts only to cover the leaves  . 
When begin to boil reduce heat and cook about 45 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool for a while. Transfer to a serving dish  and serve.




Note for veggies

For my daugther (veggie) I make the same recipe only without meat)













(these method pictures are from Pinterest)




En español

Hojitas de parra rellena




















85 comments:

  1. Oh goodie, I'm the first one here!!! I LOVE stuffed grape leaves, Gloria! The touch of ground beef must make them even more yummy! I should really try making my own. It doesn't look too difficult and I bet they taste even better than store bought.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Gloria...

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    1. Dear Louise Im so happy you are the first. Miss you so much!
      I answer you today in my before post and explain to you about my dad.
      Much love
      Gloria

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    2. I did see your answer just a while ago, Gloria...Please take care of you and yours:)

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  2. Che belli, devono essere buonissimi!! buon we

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  3. Gloria: My dear brother-in-law is from Beirut. He came to this country to attend medical school and met my sister. He is not only a fine surgeon but a wonderful cook!! I've had many of these made by him and his mother (who is from Palestine)!! I love middle eastern food.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. What lovely story Bonnie :)
    My hubby her mom is from Libano and dad from Palestine.
    He loves middle eastern food, I try to make when I can :)
    The kids love too!
    Hugs!
    gloria

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  5. Gloria, I do like stuffed grape leaves but my better half doesn't care for them so I don't get them at home. When I'm on a trip to an area that has a variety of ethnic food (unlike East Tennessee), I seek out food items like this! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  6. Hi Gloria....Happy Saturday to you...
    My boyfriend LOVES these...but he buys them in a tin...
    I am sure yours are very delicious...
    Hope things are better my dear....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks dear Linda. You can freeze these too, are awesome, We try to save leaves from summer and freeze them!
      Hugs to you and miss V!!

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  7. Love them!!!!Thanks for sharing.
    Un beso

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  8. Love to grab one.. Can guess the taste.. a good attempt.. :)

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  9. That indeed looks lovely, thanks for sharing.

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  10. Questo è un piatto tipico anche della cucina rumena e si preparano sia con le foglie di vite, di cavolo verza, con delle foglie di coste...., sono squisite. Buon fine settimana !

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    1. Yes I know now many countries make that, Rumania, Greece, Lebanon, Palestine Im impressed !!
      Un abbraccio!

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  11. They look so very tempting, Gloria.

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  12. Unusual, but delicious I am sure. Happy New Year! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy Im sure you would like !!! Happy New year AMy!!!

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  13. Saranno sicuramente squisite! Buona serata Gloria :)

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  14. This looks good, something different!

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    1. Yes different but really delicious Christine!!
      Hugs!

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  15. I am half Lebanese and when I saw your grape leaves I thought Lebanon or Syria. My grandmother made them with ground beef, rice and tomatoes. She did not do the lemon…but I love them either way! You just reminded me that it’s been way too long since I made them! Lovely!

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    1. I dont had idea you were half Lebanese like my hubby Kathy, What nice!! Yes mom in law sometimes only add lemon when she finished and served, I add sometimes but I find always delicious.
      Im glad you like my leaves dear Kathy!

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  16. Never even knew there was such a thing, green works for me at my sea.

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    1. Yes you love all green :)
      Happy New year Pat and cats!!

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  17. Ottime queste foglie di vite ripiene.
    Un bacio e buon anno nuovo :)

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  18. Your recipe look delicious and your instructions are very easy to follow! So nice stopping by!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  19. I bought grape leaves once to make these ..and never got around to them..who knows the tin may still lurk in the pantry..I would rather you make them for me;)

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    1. Merci beaucoup Monique, I whish you a blessing 2016 dear !!
      xoxoxo

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  20. Hi Gloria, stuffed grape leaves are amazing, love your recipe here. Happy New Year!

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  21. Happy New Year to all!
    I was taken by pleasant surprise seeing this popular mediterranean recipe, but the fact that your mum's in laws are from Palestine and Lebanon explains that. Stuffed grape leaves are a traditional and very favourite dish in Greece, too. The only difference is that we add chopped green onions and lots of dill and fresh mint in the stuffing.We serve it with an egg and lemon sauce made with its own liquid after it is cooked or with a yoghurt sauce or tzatziki.
    Next time I'll try this dish your way. I'm sure it's delicious.

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    1. Thanks so much Helen. Many palestine here eat with Laban or greek yogurt but here they love only the grapes. Happy New Year!!

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  22. I hope you are having an amazing weekend, sweet Gloria :)
    This dish looks delicious. I didn't eat this in a long time but I remember I loved these as a child. The recipe looks so simple, I need to try this some time! :)
    I'm sending lots of love and hugs to you,
    Beate

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    1. Thanks Beate, send you and Keith a lot of love dear!!

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  23. le conosco, sono deliziosi !Buona domenica cara Gloria, un abbraccio !

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  24. I simply love this recipe Gloria! It reminds me of one my mother used to make when I was a child. It was very similar to your recipe, but she used cabbage leaves instead of grape leaves. It was delicious and yours must be fantastic too! Hugs dear friend, Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary, Im happy you love and reminder your mother in hubby family use cabbage leave stoo but the kids love these leaves !"xoxox

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  25. One of my all time favourites...Happy New Year Gloria!

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    1. Thanks Jasna !! Happy New year for you too!

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  26. These are so interesting!! And they must be so good. I want to do something like that too. I hope you had a good start of the year. Ciao!

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  27. These are one of my favourite things to order at a Greek restaurant. Never made them from scratch, though. Yum! Beautiful plate , too. xo

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    1. Thanks Suzy, difficult times with my Dad, you know. All days something different, really sad. Hugs!

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  28. I have never tried these, but I love stuffed grape leaves.

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  29. Gosh...how intriguing! I can't wait to try this amazing recipe, Gloria...it looks absolutely delicious.
    Many thanks for sharing! :)

    Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Ygraine, a lot of hugs for you !!

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  30. Raffinati e deliziosi questi involtini brava Gloria!!!!!

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  31. What a coincidence: I've just bought vine leaves stuffed with rice and was gathering some courage to try them. I'll save your recipe so I'll try it, too, and compare.

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  32. I have never had stuffed grape leaves before. But just looking at you pictures and reading the recipe I know that I would love them. They look delicious!

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  33. Tanti auguri di buon anno che sia per te e famiglia un 2016 meraviglioso, ricco di gioia, amore e tanta serenità!
    Hai creato un piatto delizioso, una vera bontà di profumi e sapori!
    Laura<3<3<3

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    1. Grazie Laura ! Tantissimi auguri per te !!
      Grazie fpr all yours visits an frindly comments!!

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  34. I've never made stuffed grape leaves before. They look so delicious, Gloria!

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  35. I love to order stuffed grape leaves at restaurants that offer them but I've never tried making them myself. They are delicious!

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  36. We would love this and I have to try it! It sounds delicious, Gloria!!!

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  37. your a great daughter in law I bet they are super proud

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  38. I love stuffed grape leaves Gloria! There is an event every fall here that has booths representing different countries' foods. My sister and I love to go from booth to booth and decide who makes the best stuffed grape leaves! I have been wanting to try doing it myself for years, so maybe I will this spring when the wild grapes leaves come out!

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    1. Thanks Inger !! Make these is my Mom in law recipe but I added some useful things to help.
      We love here too.and remember you can freeze tyhe leaves too. My mom in law always made that.
      Hugs!

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  39. Je n'en ai jamais fait mais j'aime beaucoup.
    A bientôt

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  40. I have never made anything with figs, but do enjoy them. This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  41. Que bueno Gloria!! esto lo he probado en Grecia por primera vez y me encantó, que suerte que hayas puesto la receta!! Besos

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