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Feasting With FARE: Top 9 Free Grape Leaves

We're off to Greece for a delicious taste of the country

We're off to Greece for a delicious taste of the country. Enjoy these Greek Grape Leaves, free from wheat, peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, shell fish, soy, and sesame!

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of Orlando California Grape Leaves, drained with boiling water, drain, pour hot water over them again and let soak for about 30 minutes, rinse, lay flat
  • ¼ cup + 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped fine
  • 1 cup minced curly leaf parsley
  • ½ cup fresh minced dill
  • ¼ cup fresh minced mint
  • ¼ cup dried currants or golden raisins 
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds 
  • 1 ½ cup long grain white rice
  • ½ cup + 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • juice of 2 lemons, divided equally

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in pan and sauté onions until the edges get soft. Add in the herbs, currants, and sunflower seedsand cook for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add in the rice, broth, salt, juice of 1 lemon, and another 3 tbsp. olive oil. Sauté 15 minutes. You are not fully cooking the rice in this step.
  3. To assemble - line a large pot with grape leaves.
  4. Prep your grape leaves by trimming the stem. 
  5. Lay the leaf flat on a cutting board, vein side up. Place a heaping TBSP rice mixture in the center of the leaf. Fold up the bottom over the mixture, then the sides and roll into a nice tight bundle.
  6. Pack the stuffed grape leaves in the lined pot and repeat for all the leaves. 
  7. In the pot, pour 1 cup of vegetable broth, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 1 lemon and enough boiling water to just cover the grape leaves. 
  8. Place the pot over medium heat and gently simmer for 40-45 minutes or until tender.

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