nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 341
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 408 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 17 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole

Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole

Serves 8

If you like stuffed grape leaves, you’ll love this casserole, which has all the flavors of the bite-size appetizers without all the rolling. You don’t have to parboil jarred grape leaves, but a quick dip in boiling water tenderizes them and removes some of their saltiness.
  • 30 jarred or fresh grape leaves
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for brushing top of casserole and casserole dish
  • 1 large onion, finely diced (2 cups)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium tomato juice or vegetable juice
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted, hulled pistachios
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup raisins or dried currants
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced, for garnish
  • Pomegranate molasses, for drizzling, optional

1. Dip grape leaves in large pot of boiling water 2 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 to 10 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add rice and 21/2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 30 to 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and stir in tomato juice, pistachios, parsley, mint, raisins, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. (Mixture will be very wet.)

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush 2-qt. baking dish with olive oil. Pat grape leaves dry. Line bottom and sides of baking dish with grape leaves, allowing leaves to hang over sides. Spread half of rice mixture over grape leaves. Top rice with more grape leaves, then top with remaining rice mixture. Cover casserole with remaining grape leaves, and seal by folding over grape leaves around edges. Brush top with olive oil. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until grape leaves on top darken and casserole looks firm and dry.

4. Dip knife in cold water. Cut straight down with tip of knife to make 8 servings, then remove servings with spatula. Garnish with lemon slices, and drizzle with pomegranate molasses (if using).

January/February 2012 p.51

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When I recently thought of this (after rolling dozens and dozens of dolmas, I thought "I'm a genius!" I then immediately thought "I bet others have already been doing this." and started searching. I plan to try a variant of this next time I make them and hope this will make it a more frequent meal(my fiance loves them but they are too much work to make often.) Thanks for giving me hope that this will work out!

Amber - 2015-07-30 23:30:22

Yummo this idea

lynn cameron - 2015-01-23 02:30:53

Omg! I can't wait to try this yumminess! Looks so good, and relatively healthy too!

Nina at - 2015-01-21 01:42:21

And what to serve with it for company?

Paphelan - 2015-01-21 00:17:02

Looks good. . .enjoy!!

Mom/gramma - 2015-01-20 23:46:31

I followed recipe to a T, except I didn't have pistachios so I omitted. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor I got from this. Besides being slightly labor intensive, it was fairly easy to make. I would consider making again.

Vanessa Cross - 2014-04-28 17:23:31

And i used 1/2 cup pistachio and half a cup pine nuts, cooked grape leaves for 10 min under cover and left them afterwards to soak in this water until i needed them. I didn't pat them dry, just drained them and they were heavenly tender and the top ones crispy:-)

Sylvia - 2014-03-25 23:26:27

Made it today, with raisins, spinach, lentils and 3/4 glass of lemon juice recommended by someone who wrote a comment ( which was definitely too much so I would use half a cup as the original recipe said) and it would turn out lovely if not too much lemon juice, still i recommend, great recipe

Sylvia - 2014-03-25 23:20:58

This tasted really good, but was a lot of work and the leaves on top looked like kale chips when it was done. Not sure if I'd make again or not...

Elizabeth - 2014-03-25 20:01:01

Any way to do this without oil.

Laura - 2014-03-06 03:04:04

Made this tonight. Flavor of the filling was excellent, especially adding the pistachio as it gave is just the right texture. The only problem I had was with the grape leaves - I bought jarred and boiled for a bit. But, baking them caused the ones on the top to be crispy and the family didn't really care for that. I think next time, I will use the same filling but just wrap the leaves and then simmer in some vegetable broth for an hour.

Chris Peltz - 2014-01-02 03:01:56

I usually make stuffed grape leaves so a casserole sounded like less work. I was pleasantly surrpised how similar it tasted!!!!! II didn't use raisins or nuts and thoight it was not needed. I substituted some things that I usually make with my stuffed grape leaves: 1 can of tomato sauce, more lemon 3/4 cup, 7 spices seasoning (about 1 Tbs purchased from middle eastern store)and garlic. Great alternative and will make this again!!!

Kerry - 2012-12-29 20:53:45

Thank you for posting this on the Website. I made it with the magazine in hand, and then lost that copy! I've returned to the website to find this recipe, but it wasn't available. Everyone loved it in my family. I used grape leaves from my garden and discovered one variety is tastier than the other. I did not use raisins, since my children don't like them, and the recipe was perfect.

Tami Abso - 2012-11-27 18:49:29

This is a great recipe! I'm less about cultural authenticity and more about flavor, so of course other nuts make sense both from the standpoint of flavor and/or what do I need to use from my kitchen to maintain a pantry of fresh ingredients I also added French lentils to boost the protein. After all, lentils are little sponges that soak up whatever flavors are around them. Many vegetarian recipes do not stand up well to freezing making this recipe a real treasure. And finally, since I have become a vegan of the "Forks Over Knives" variety, this recipe works because I can eliminate the 2 T. oil for the onions by steaming them instead and then add the onion water to cook the rice. The oil for brushing top of casserole and casserole dish is negligible.

Cindy Anderson - 2012-10-11 15:11:44


Ashley - 2012-08-25 02:33:55