Grape Leaves are a summer staple, according to my grandfather (he was Lebanese). I hardly think there was a week that went by when I was a kid that we weren't eating stuffed grape leaves. I still love them. Mmmm.
Stuffed Grape Leaves
30ish grape leaves
2-3 cups cooked rice (I use brown rice)
1 diced onion
6 slices of chopped bacon (use turkey for kosher, or the vegetarian ones to make it vegetarian)
1 pound ground meat (or meat substitute if making vegetarian)
Large can diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
Flavor with oregano, Lebanese five spice, salt, pepper
Blanch grape leaves in boiling water for a minute. Let cool.
Sautee onions. Add bacon until done. Add meat until done. Add rice, sauce and spices. Wrap up the contents in grape leaf. Can eat cold or hot.