Grape leaves are perfect as a side dish or an appetizer!

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped fennel
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
  • One half cup uncooked rice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • One half cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • One third cup lemon juice
  • One half tsp. red pepper
  • One half tsp. salt
  • 1 large jar grape leaves
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • One half cup lemon juice
  • One quarter cup olive oil
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions 

  • Place fennel and onion in a food processor and process until minced
  • Combine with tomatoes, rice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, mint, one third cup lemon juice, red pepper and salt and mix well
  • Drain liquid from grape leaves and rinse to remove some of the saltiness
  • Snip stems of grape leaves with scissors and lay leaves out flat
  • Place about 1 Tbsp of filling on each grape leaf and roll from stem to end tip
  • You may need to secure with a toothpick
  • Place stuffed grape leaves on the bottom of a lightly greased saucepan, add chicken broth, one half cup lemon juice and one quarter cup olive oil and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered
  • Drain liquid and garnish with lemon slices and chill before serving

Notes

This dish has a bit of olive oil in it but olive oil is supposed to be the most healthful type of oil