Total Time
1 hr 5 min
14 min
51 min
Dolmades, or stuffed grape leaves, are a favorite wrap throughout Greece and the Middle East.


Canned tomatoes

14½ cup(s), whole

Uncooked bulgur

¾ cup(s)

Ground cumin

1 tsp


1 large, chopped


2 clove(s), minced

Uncooked lean ground beef

½ pound(s), (5% or less fat)

Ground allspice

¾ tsp

Fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Canned grape leaf(ves)

24 leaf/leaves, rinsed and drained


1 cup(s), boiling


1 item(s), large, cut into 6 wedges

Fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp


  1. Place a strainer over a 2-cup measure and drain the tomatoes, reserving the liquid. Chop the tomatoes and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add enough water to the tomato liquid to make 2 cups, pour into a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Add the bulgur and cumin; cook, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 18–20 minutes. Add to the tomatoes.
  3. Spray a large nonstick skillet with olive oil nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and allspice; cook, stirring frequently to break up the beef, until it is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Add the beef mixture, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the bulgur mixture, and stir to combine.
  4. Place the grape leaves in a pie plate, cover with the boiling water; then drain. Place a grape leaf, shiny-side down, on a cutting board, and trim off the stem. Spoon a scant 1⁄4 cup of the bulgur mixture down the center lower third of the leaf. Rollup and tuck in the ends. Repeat with the remaining grape leaves and bulgur mixture to make a total of 24 dolmades. Place a steamer basket in a saucepan and arrange the rolled leaves, seam-side down, in the basket. Add 1⁄2 cup water to the saucepan and steam, covered, until the dolmades are heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve with the lemon wedges. Yields 4 dolmades per serving.


This savory filling features ground beef, bulgur, and tomatoes. Dolmades may be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days before steaming.