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Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

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Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

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Nutrition Facts

Makes: 8 Serving(s)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 131.8

Total Fat: 8g

Saturated Fat: 0.9g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 160mg

Total Carbohyrdates: 14.6g

Dietary Fiber: 2.6g

Protein: 2.5g

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Category: Appetizers

This Recipe Makes: 8 Serving(s)


If you like lemony, tangy, and creative, this is your appetizer.

What you'll need

  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 4 oz vine leaves such as grape leaves (these can be purchased in a jar at an ethnic-food store)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil plus 1 tablespoon olive oil for sauteing
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 4 med cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup organic chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice


  • Step 1
    Arrange grape leaves flat in bowl, cover with boiling water, and let sit for 2 minutes. Drain, cover with cold water, let sit for 5 minutes, and drain again.
  • Step 2
    Meanwhile, saute onion and 1 minced garlic clove in 1 tablespoon olive oil, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Step 3
    Combine cooked rice, onion mixture, mint, dill, raisins, pine nuts, olives, slat, and pepper in large bowl.
  • Step 4
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place one leaf on cutting board, vein side up, and cut off stem. Add a heaping spoonful of filling in the center. Fold the sides of leaf over filling, then roll tightly from stem end to tip to make a neat roll. If necessary, use a toothpick to keep each leaf neatly rolled.
  • Step 5
    Set seam side down in a wax paper-lined 9x13-inch baking dish. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling, placing grape leaves cozily together; make two layers if necessary.
  • Step 6
    Cut 3 garlic cloves into large pieces and poke them here and there between the grape leaves. Pour chicken broth over grape leaves, then remaining olive oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Drizzle with remaining lemon juice and serve.
  • Step 7
    SUBSTITUTIONS: You can add 1/2 pound of uncooked lamb to this recipe and increase the baking time to 35 minutes for a richer flavor.

Diabetic Exchanges

  • Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrate: 1