Fela Recipe - Authentic Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves


Fela Recipe - Authentic Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves
Region / culture: Greece | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4



Fela is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made with grape leaves stuffed with seasoned meat. This recipe is a delicious and savory dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a family meal.


Fela has been a popular dish in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. The use of grape leaves as a wrapper for meat and rice has been a common practice in the region for generations. The dish is often served at weddings, holidays, and other special occasions.


How to prepare

  1. In a medium bowl, place the meat and shape it into cylinders.
  2. Gently place the meat cylinders onto the grape leaves and tightly roll them without tearing the leaves.
  3. Preheat the oven to 475°F (246°C).
  4. Once the oven is heated, place the pot inside.
  5. If desired, let the dish cool before adding a moderate amount of lemon juice.


  • You can add rice to the meat mixture for a heartier dish.
  • Vegetarians can substitute the meat with a mixture of rice, nuts, and spices.
  • You can also add pine nuts or raisins to the filling for added flavor and texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use fresh grape leaves for the best flavor and texture.

- Be gentle when rolling the grape leaves to prevent tearing.

- Preheating the oven to a high temperature will help the grape leaves cook quickly and evenly.

- Adding lemon juice at the end will give the dish a bright and tangy flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Fela can be served as a main dish with a side of rice or salad. It can also be served as an appetizer or part of a mezze platter.

Cooking Techniques

Preheat the oven to a high temperature to ensure the grape leaves cook quickly and evenly.

- Be gentle when rolling the grape leaves to prevent tearing.

- Let the dish cool slightly before adding lemon juice for a bright and tangy flavor.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use lamb, beef, or a mixture of both for the meat filling.

- If you can't find grape leaves, you can use cabbage leaves as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

Fela can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This dish also freezes well, so you can make a large batch and freeze for later.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Fela on a platter garnished with fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. You can also serve it with a dollop of yogurt or tzatziki sauce on the side.

Pairing Recommendations

Fela pairs well with a crisp white wine or a light beer. It also goes well with a side of hummus, tabbouleh, or baba ganoush.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the dish in the oven at 350°F (177°C) until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 200 per serving


Carbohydrates: 5g per serving


Fats: 10g per serving


Proteins: 15g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is a good source of iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A.


This recipe contains meat and may not be suitable for those with meat allergies.


Fela is a nutritious dish that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.


Fela is a delicious and savory dish made with grape leaves stuffed with seasoned meat. This recipe is a perfect addition to any Middle Eastern meal and is sure to impress your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time is still fresh in my mind. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her quaint little village in Italy. As we sat in her cozy kitchen sipping on espresso, she suddenly jumped up and rummaged through her old recipe box.

"Ah ha! I have just the thing for you to try, my dear," she exclaimed, pulling out a faded yellowed piece of paper. "This is my Nonna's recipe for Fela. It's a traditional dessert that has been passed down in my family for generations."

I was intrigued as Maria began to read off the ingredients and instructions. It sounded like a simple yet delicious treat - layers of buttery pastry filled with a sweet almond and honey mixture, then baked until golden and crisp.

I watched attentively as Maria demonstrated how to make the pastry dough, rolling it out thin and cutting it into delicate circles. She then showed me how to spoon the almond filling onto each circle, folding them over to form little half-moon shapes.

Once the Felas were assembled, Maria brushed them with a light egg wash and popped them into the oven to bake. The sweet aroma of almonds and honey filled the kitchen as they turned a perfect golden brown.

As we sat down to enjoy our freshly baked Felas, Maria shared with me the story of how her Nonna used to make them for special occasions, like weddings and birthdays. She explained that the dessert was a symbol of love and tradition, a way to bring people together and celebrate life's moments.

I was touched by the sentiment behind the recipe and the care that went into making it. I knew that I had to learn how to make Fela myself and carry on this tradition in my own family.

After saying my goodbyes to Maria and returning home, I set to work in my own kitchen, following the recipe she had shared with me. It took a few tries to perfect the pastry and get the filling just right, but soon enough I was able to recreate the delicious dessert that had captured my heart.

Over the years, I have made Fela for countless family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions. Each time I roll out the pastry, spoon in the almond filling, and fold it over, I am reminded of Maria and her Nonna, and the bond that food can create between friends and loved ones.

The recipe for Fela has become a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, one that I will continue to pass down to future generations. I am grateful to Maria for sharing this treasure with me and for teaching me the importance of tradition, love, and good food.

As I sit here now, enjoying a freshly baked Fela with a cup of tea, I am filled with gratitude for the memories and moments that this recipe has brought into my life. It is a reminder of the power of food to connect us to our past, our loved ones, and the joy that comes from sharing something delicious with those we hold dear. And for that, I am forever grateful.


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