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Friday, 24 August 2018

Mediterranean Stuffed Grape Leaves

Mediterranean food is my favorite and today i present you a very famous dish from the regions of greece, turkey and middle east. They called it "dolmadakia" or Stuffed Grape leaves, it has a sour delicious taste, some time stuffed with rice and veggie or rice with lamb.


It may sound weird to stuffed plant leaves, but believe me this one deserve to give it a try, also it is kind of a little bit difficult for a newbie person, but as a everyday cooker it sound easy because it takes time to roll the leaves. I made about 150 fingers of grape leaves LOL. Once i start to eat i can't stop. Anyway, This is my own recipe with my own way, you'll find many other ways of making these grape leaves, with different fillings. I hope you'll like my way.


If you going to try this recipe i advice you to choose the light green young leaves and by the way the fresh leaves are much tasty than the canned leaves, also there are many stuffed for this recipe and i choose the popular rice and lamb to make i found it so delisious and by hand.


Stuffed Grape Leaves

Yield: grape leaves
Prep time: 60 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins

Ingredients:

1 kg of grape leaves

For filling:
1 1/2 cup short-grain rice
200g minced lamb meat
1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp black pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon

For sauce:
6 Cups of water
3 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

The way:

In a large saucepan bring water to boil, cook the grap leaves in a boiling water for a minute until changing color.
Drain the leaves in a colander.

In a bowl wash and soak rice for 20 minutes, drain. Into the rice, add the lamb meat, parsley, mint, all the mentioned ingredients, mix until well combined.

Take a leaf of grape and place the filling and follow the steps in the photo below.


In a large saucepan, place 3 leaves at the bottom and rows the wrapped leaves.



To prepare the sauce: in another saucepan bring the 6 cups of water to boil, add the lemon, tomato paste, spices, oil and onion. Boil for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce gently on the rows of grape leaves until cover.
Take a plate and place it upside down on top of the leaves, cook for a 2 minutes on a high heat then reduce heat to medium.
Cook at a medium heat for about 45-55 minutes until well cooked.
Remove the plate and serve the grape leaves.

ENJOY!


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