Wild Grape Leaf Topping Off Scrambled Egg Sandwich

Scrambled Egg and Wild Grape Leaves Sandwich

Enjoy a scrambled egg sandwich with wild grape leaves for a quick, easy, tasty and nutritious way to start your day.

I don’t know about you but, I love scrambled eggs – especially on the weekends. But, a simple scrambled egg sandwich can be a bit boring. So, why not spice it up with some wild grape leaves, which are ripe and ready for harvesting right now.

Go Wild!

Wild grape leaves are plentiful in my yard – some may say…too plentiful. When they say wild, that can have a couple of meanings.

The first wild is the fact that they grow naturally without having to plant them or fertilize them. And these grape vines return every year.

The second wild factor about these wild grape vines is that they grow prolifically and easily – especially and apparently in my backyard.

I swear that I could cut down more than half of the vines plant and I would still have enough wild grape leaves to eat them everyday.

Wild Grape Vines Growing on Chain Link Fence
Wild grape leaves love a fence, dead tree or just about any other inanimate object to grow upon. Their spindles will attach to just about anything…so don’t stand still too long around them.

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Harvesting the Leaves

So, the other day as I was cleaning out some of the wild plants from the edge of my fence, I noticed that there was yet another wild grape vine growing in a spot previously uninhabited by this wild vine.

As hubby said, I don’t think you want that vine growing there as it will take over everything else in that spot. He is probably right – although I do have a few peonies along that fence area which are well established and I am not sure it would interfere with them?

At any rate, I removed the vine – or at least cut it back significantly. Having done that, I could not let the grape leaves just go to waste.

I plucked the good leaves from the vine and proceeded to wash them.


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Tips on Washing Wild Grape Leaves

Note to self…and to you…or should I say notes…

Do not leave your wild grape leaves off the vine for long.

Also, do not leave them in the wash water for long. They will turn brown.

Wash them and dry them right away.

I like to use my salad spinner for washing wild grape leaves. You can wash them by completely submersing them in water and then dry them right away. This will keep them fresh for a few days in your refrigerator.

Clear Salad spinner with hand crank
A simple, yet very effective, salad spinner is the perfect kitchen tool to wash and dry your wild grape leaves. It also works for just about any fruits and vegetables. Every kitchen should have one of these.

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What to do with Wild Grape Leaves

As I am just venturing into this world of eating wild leaves from my yard – including dandelion leaves, wild mint, wild lemon balm, etc – I am not full of ideas for just exactly how to eat this naturally growing organic leafy greens.

Of course, you can add some of these wild grape leaves to a salad. I do recommend that you cut them into smaller bite size pieces as they are chewier than most other leafy greens you may add to a salad – such as baby spinach, or any other type of lettuce. Wild grape leaves are actually similar to kale in that respect.

Wild grape leaves topped with blue grape salad dressing
This delicious and beautiful salad with blue grape dressing has included some chopped wild grape leaves as part of the leafy greens.

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How to Prepare Wild Grape Leaves

Unless you want the flavor of the wild grape leaves to take over the salad – and they do have a chewy texture and are quite flavorful – you should cut them into smaller pieces.

Also note that the flavor of wild grape leaves is a bitter citrus flavor – a taste I find very unique among salad greens.

So depending on your salad dressing and/or other ingredients, you also may want to use it sparingly – that depends on how much you like the taste and how your dressing suits the flavors.

I like to use one of these plastic lettuce knifes to chop my leafy greens including wild grape leaves. The benefit of these knives is that they do not bruise the lettuce or leaves.

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Wild Grape Leaves – A Great Substitute for Spinach

Anyway…enough about salads, as I was not interested in having a salad for breakfast. I wanted eggs – scrambled eggs.

Often when I make scrambled eggs, I like to add vegetables to the mix. This can include onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach.

Scrambled Eggs Sauteed with Chopped Wild Grape Leaves
Easily add some wild grape leaves to your scrambled egg sandwich by simply chopping and sauteing them before you add the eggs to the frying pan.

But, today…even though I had spinach, I decided to use my wild grape leaves instead. I basically replaced my spinach with the grape leaves.

In my frying pan, I sauteed a bit of chopped onion and then added some chopped wild grape leaves. You don’t need to saute them for long – just long enough to soften them somewhat.

I then did a double whammy of adding more fresh, uncooked wild grape leaves to my toasted rye bread – as the base of my sandwich.

You can see the fresh wild grape leaves under the scrambled eggs which also include some wild grape leaves – sauteed, of course. Add some tomatoes for some extra texture. Top again with another grape leaf for another punchy taste of wild grape leaves.

The taste sensation was very unique – the most interesting scrambled egg sandwich I probably have every had – and that is not a bad thing.

I would definitely make this sandwich again – as long as I have access to fresh wild grape leaves – which will be indefinitely until the winter comes. Or, at least until they have fully flowered – or fruited – and they are not as palatable and tasty.

Wild Grape Leaf Topping Off Scrambled Egg Sandwich
How convenient that most wild grape leaves will be the perfect size to top off your scrambled egg sandwich. Not only does it fit perfectly, it looks rather interesting too.

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Scrambled Egg and Wild Grape Leaf Sandwich

Add some wild grape leaves to your traditional scrambled egg sandwich for a unique tasty and nutritional breakfast.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword 5 minute recipe, breakfast sandwich, sandwich, scrambled eggs, wild grape leaves sandwich
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped onions
  • 8 wild grape leaves or more if you like
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 drops Tabasco sauce optional
  • 1 slice chopped cheddar cheese optional – or any other hard cheese
  • 1-2 slices fresh tomato optional
  • 2 slices rye bread or any bread you have

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to frying pan. Saute onions for about 1 minute.

  2. Add chopped wild grape leaves to pan. Saute for about 1 minute.

  3. Crack the eggs into the pan and stir around. Cook for about 1 minute.

  4. Add Tabasco and cheese.

  5. Toast your bread while the eggs finish cooking and cheese melts – about 2-3 minutes.

  6. Layer your toast with wild grape leaves, eggs, tomato slices and more wild grape leaves.

  7. Enjoy!


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p.s. If you are capable of making an omelet instead of scrambling your eggs and grape leaves, you may enjoy it better on your toast.

If you try this omelet version, be sure you use a nonstick frying pan.

Egg Omelet with Wild Grape Leaves in Frying Pan
If you know how to make yourself an omelet instead of the simple egg scramble, you may have an easier time eating your sandwich, as the eggs will stay together better on your toasted bread. But hey, scrambling is easier – and it all goes to the same place, right.

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