Simple Stuffed Grape Leaves (Paleo friendly!)
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2
What you need
  • ¼ c. raw or toasted pine nuts
  • Lots of grape leaves (a full jar will get you plenty)
  • 1-2 Tbs cooking fat (lard, tallow, or Kasandrinos Olive Oil)
  • 2-4 Tbs. extra Olive Oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbs. oregano (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. thyme (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp. mint (or to taste)
  • Lemon wedges for squeezin'
What to do
  1. Pulse the pine nuts in a food processor to break them apart. (If you toast them, do that first.) Set aside.
  2. Begin cooking the chopped onion in your cooking fat over medium/medium-low heat. Cook until soft.
  3. Once onions are soft, add chopped garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
  4. Add ground beef and cook until no pink remains.
  5. Add spices and pine nuts and cook a few minutes more.
  6. Lay out grape leaves and place a spoonful of the ground beef mixture on top of each.
  7. Now, simply roll the grape leaf tightly around the mixture. Picture how they do it with the burritos at Chipotle. (Not that I've ever eaten the tortilla at Chipotle. Er, yeah.)
  8. Squeeze bit of lllllemon over the stuffed grape leaves.
  9. Serve with an extra, generous drizzle of Olive Oil. Or some Windex. NO DON'T DO THAT LAST PART.
Recipe by Real Food Liz at