The Main Ingredient Of These 5 Delicious Dishes: Grape (Leaves)

1. Dolmeh Barg-e-Miveh: This Persian dish is a combination of fresh grape leaves stuffed with flavorful chunks of spiced ground beef and rice, steamed until cooked. It also includes onion, garlic, turmeric, salt, pepper, dill weed and olive oil for added flavor.

2. Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades): Popular in Greek cuisine, this dish is made from blanched grape leaves that are stuffed with a mixture of cooked rice, onions and herbs like mint, oregano and dill. Additional ingredients may include pine nuts, currants or other fruits for additional flavor.

3. Grape & Celery Salad: This dish is made with diced celery, red grapes and herbs like parsley, mint and dill. It’s dressed with a light vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

4. Khoresh-e-Barg-e-Miveh: This Iranian stew is made with fresh grape leaves, beef or lamb, tomato sauce and herbs like turmeric and cinnamon. Depending on the desired texture, it may also include potatoes or split peas.

5. Grape Leaves Pesto: A great way to use up leftover grape leaves! Simply blanch the leaves and blend them with olive oil, garlic, sea salt, Parmesan cheese and chopped nuts of your choice to make a flavorful pesto. Delicious served with toast or crackers.