Blackened Grape Leaves with Olive Mint Chutney

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  • This recipe was found by Ty. At first, it was a standard stuffed grape leaves dish. However, because the recipe did not call for charring the leaves, this has since been changed. The chutney recipe was adapted from two different recipes- one for green olive chutney and another for mint chutney


  • For the grape leaves
    • 6 to 8 grape leaves (sold in a jar), drained, rinsed and patted dry
    • 1 3/4-to-1-pound round piece goat cheese, such as bucheron, at room temperature (or 2 smaller pieces, stacked)
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
    • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
    • Pinch of red pepper flakes
    • Kosher salt
    • Crusty bread, for serving
  • For the olive-mint chutney
    • 1 lb. cracked green olives; pitted & minced
    • 1/2 cup of mint leaves, Optionally: separated from stems
    • 1/4 cup of coriander leaves (Cilantro), Optionally: separated from stems
    • 4 cloves Garlic; minced
    • 1/2 fresh chile; minced
    • zest of 1 lemon; minced
    • 2 tbsp. capers; rinsed & minced
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  • For the grape leaves
    • Preheat a grill to medium high. Wrap the grape leaves around the cheese to cover it completely; tie with kitchen twine.
    • Brush the wrapped cheese with olive oil and grill, turning once, until the leaves begin to char and the cheese is soft, 5 to 8 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup olive oil, the rosemary, red pepper flakes and salt to taste in a bowl. Transfer the warm cheese to a serving plate, pour the oil on top and remove the twine. Serve with bread.

  • For the chutney
    • In a bowl, combine the olives, garlic, chile, lemon zest and capers. Stir in the olive oil and black pepper.
    • Wash the mint and coriander leaves in cold water, give them a rough chop, and add them to the other ingredients.
    • Put into a blender and pulse to desired consistency.
    • Serve on the side or poured over grape leaves.


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