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Delicious Dolmades: A Classic Greek Appetizer Recipe to Impress
Bring a little piece of Greece to your kitchen with this classic Amazing Dolmades recipe! Dolmades, also known as stuffed grape leaves, are a popular appetizer in Greek cuisine. They are traditionally filled with a tantalizing mixture of rice, herbs, and often meat – all wrapped in vine leaves for a small, bite-sized treat. Ideal as a starter or finger food at parties, these homemade Dolmades will impress your friends and family with their authentic taste and presentation!
- 50 vine leaves, either fresh or from a jar
- 1 cup of short-grain rice
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup of olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 cup of fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Begin by soaking your vine leaves in a bowl of warm water for about 20 minutes if you are using preserved ones or blanch fresh leaves in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Then, run them under cold water and set aside.
- In a large frying pan, heat half of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent, then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add your rice to the pan, stirring for a few minutes until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove the pan from heat.
- Add the juice of half a lemon, half of your fresh herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine these flavors and let it cool.
- Once the filling is cool, lay a leaf on a flat surface with the shiny side down. Put about a teaspoon of filling in the center, and fold the leaf over the filling, starting with the stem end. Roll it up, tucking in the sides as you go along to create a neat little bundle.
- Repeat this process with the remaining leaves and filling.
- Place the wrapped dolmades seam-side down in a large pot, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkle with the remaining herbs.
- Cover them with a plate to keep them in place, add water until your dolmades are just covered, and then set over medium heat. Let them simmer for about 50-60 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
- Remove from heat and let them cool in the pot. They can be served warm or cold, depending on your preference.
Serve your delicious Dolmades with a bowl of traditional Tzatziki sauce for dipping, a few slices of fresh lemon, and some crusty bread on the side.
And there you have it! An authentic and delicious dolmades recipe that will transport your taste buds to beautiful Greece. These bite-sized packages are a testament to the saying ‘good things come in small packages’, packed full of flavour and wonderful textures. This recipe may take a little patience and practice, but the end result is sure to impress and will bring a Mediterranean twist to any occasion. Enjoy!