A labour of love: stuffed grape vine leaves are a favourite not only in Egypt, but across the Mediterranean. There is a lot of debate as to its location of origin 🧐But its authenticity is not nearly as important as recognizing the delicious differences in how its made across nations.
Hand rolling a pot of these delicious morsels can take quite a long time ⏱and so offering them to a guest or loved ones is a sign of respect and warm affection.
In Egypt, they are cooked tightly packed in pot, and turned out into a serving tray - shape intact. It’s a skill only experienced cooks will have.
Stuffed grape vine leaves can be eaten as a main meal, or as a side dish and are almost always accompanied by a yoghurt mint sauce ( or “yoghurt salad” as we call it in Egypt). The warm, heavily herbed aroma of the stuffed grape vine leaves, paired with the minty, crisp flavour of the yogurt salad is a snapshot of the delicate flavours of Egyptian cuisine.