Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves / Warak Enab

Recipe by: The Salt and Sweet Kitchen

Stuffed Grape Leaves, also known as Warak Enab in Arabic, is a delicious, traditional Lebanese recipe. Fresh grape leaves are filled with lean ground beef, tomatoes, rice, and spices, cooked to perfection and served with yogurt for family and friends to enjoy!

Here’s what you need:

● Grape leaves

● Tomatoes, blended

● Rice, soaked and drained

● Lean ground beef

● Sliced potatoes

● All spice, black pepper, and cinnamon

● Softened butter

● Yogurt

Here’s what you need to do:

● In a large bowl, fully combine the soaked rice, ground beef, butter, blended tomatoes, spices, and set aside.

● Prepare your grape leaves by soaking and rinsing them with fresh water. Them spread out on a tray with the rough side facing upwards. Remove the small stems.

● In a large pot, line the bottom with sliced potatoes and season with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

● Take one grape left at a time, scoop a tablespoon of the beef mixture, and place at the center of the leaf.

● How to fold the leaf:

○ Take the short sides first and fold in.

○ Take the bottom, fold over, and then roll inwards towards the top of the leaf.

○ Make sure your leaf is rolled in tightly to avoid it breaking apart while cooking.

● Place each rolled grape leaf in the pot over the potatoes, tightly next to each and layered.

● Add just enough warm water to cover the leaves, cover the pot, and cook on a medium to high heat.

● Once your pot is brought to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes until most of the water is absorbed and rice is cooked.

● Serve with a side of yogurt and enjoy!