Saturday, August 22, 2020

Add Variety to Your Veggies Day 22: Grape Leaves


We have a grape vine in our back yard.  In the past 4 years, it has only produced grapes once, and it was only 3 small grapes.  Well, last year I was going to just pull it out and the thought came to me to try making homemade stuffed grape leaves.  I had never done it before, and it seemed really strange to eat the leaves, but we had bought some in the past so I decided to try it.  

I don't know if a grape leaf is a vegetable or not.  I looked it up and some said it was a fruit since the plant produces fruit, and some said it was a vegetable and some said it was neither.  So, I decided that it was more of a vegetable since it was a leafy green and so I am using it for this post.  

You have to boil the grape leaves before rolling them.  It turns the pretty green color into a more olive color.  That is exactly what you want.  Next, you cut the stem out.  You don't want any hard stems.  I rolled mine with a mixture of uncooked rice and uncooked ground beef.  It was about half and half.  I used garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, parsley, salt and pepper. After you roll them you put them tightly in a pan and cover with the right amount of water and cook them.  

I can't begin to tell you how good they tasted.  Middle Easterners have some pretty good food, like hummus for example, and this is another dish that is great.  There is such a difference making your own versus buying the stuff in jars at the store that cost about $8 per jar.  I never want to eat them out of a jar again!  

It is always fun to try something new and even more exciting when it turns out SO well.  Grape leaves are very healthy.  I also know mine are organic and have not been sprayed with anything.  You don't want to use grape leaves that have been sprayed.

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