1 lb. Chuck roast chopped
2 Tomatoes chopped
3 Garlic cloves minced
1 ½ cups rice
½ cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Baharat
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Citric acid
Vegetables to Stuff (below is the combo I used for the stuffing made above but use any combo you prefer)
Approx 30 Grape Leaves
About 6 outer layers of onions
2 Bell peppers
2 Zucchini peeled
other options to stuff are tomatoes, other summer squash, eggplant, swiss chard rolled, cabbage rolled
2 tablespoons Citric acid (lemonduzy)
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 cup vegeatable oil
1 cup water
Sliced Carrots, celery, or swiss chard stems to line the bottom of the pot.
To remove the outer layer of onions; Cut off the bottom and top of onion then cut a slit along one side going half way through the onion. Gently remove each layer trying to keep in one piece.
Boil the outer layers of onions that you will stuff until they are soft (about 2 minutes).
Cut the top off and core out the other vegetables that you will stuff. Save the tops of the tomatoes and green peppers so you can put back on after you stuff.
Combine all of the stuffing ingredients and mix well.
Lay out a grape leaf rib side up and place about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of stuffing in (depending on the size of your leaf) near the top. Fold the top of the grape leaf in, then the sides, and then roll tightly until closed. Be careful not to over stuff as the rice will expand when cooked. Stuff the vegetables and put the top on for the tomatoes and peppers. For the onions, put stuffing in and then roll tightly
Lay out the carrots, celery, or swiss chard stems on the bottom of the pot so that the stuffed leaves and vegetables don’t stick.
Layer the stuffed leaves and vegetables in the pot.
Sprinkle the citric acid, salt, and pepper on top of the vegetables and leaves in the pot. Pour the oil and water over them.
Put on high until the liquid boils. Boil for a few minutes then put on medium-low for about 45 minutes or longer if needed.