Savory Stuffed Grape Leaves with Beef


Indulge in a Mediterranean delight with our Savory Stuffed Grape Leaves with Beef. This traditional dish, known as 'محشى ورق العنب باللحمة' in Arabic, is a heartwarming blend of tender grape leaves, perfectly seasoned beef, and a melody of aromatic spices. Each bite offers a journey through rich flavors and textures, making it a perfect dish for family gatherings or a special dinner.

Savory Stuffed Grape Leaves with Beef

Preparation and Cooking Times and Total Time

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 4-5 stuffed grape leaves

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Grape Leaves: 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Ground Beef: 300 grams (10.5 ounces)
  • Rice: 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
  • Tomatoes, finely diced: 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Parsley, finely chopped: 30 grams (1 ounce)
  • Mint, finely chopped: 15 grams (0.5 ounces)
  • Lemon Juice: 45 ml (1.5 ounces)
  • Olive Oil: 30 ml (1 ounce)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces)
  • Black Pepper: 2 grams (0.07 ounces)
  • Allspice: 2 grams (0.07 ounces)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Grape Leaves: Rinse the grape leaves in warm water and trim the stems.
  2. Cook Rice: Partially cook the rice for about 10 minutes, then drain.
  3. Mix Filling: Combine ground beef, partially cooked rice, onions, tomatoes, parsley, mint, half of the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and allspice in a bowl.
  4. Stuff Leaves: Place a small amount of the filling on each leaf. Fold in the sides and roll tightly.
  5. Cook Stuffed Leaves: Place the rolls in a pot, seam side down. Cover with water, remaining lemon juice, and a plate to keep them submerged. Simmer for about 50-60 minutes.
  6. Serve: Let them cool slightly, then serve with a side of yogurt or fresh salad.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Soak the grape leaves in hot water for a few minutes if they are too stiff to roll.
  • Don’t overfill the leaves to prevent them from bursting during cooking.
  • Cook the stuffed grape leaves on low heat to ensure they are cooked thoroughly without falling apart.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use lamb instead of beef?

A: Absolutely! Lamb is a traditional alternative that offers a richer flavor.

Q: How can I store the leftovers?

A: Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Q: Is this dish suitable for freezing?

A: Yes, you can freeze the cooked stuffed grape leaves for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating gently.