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Delicious Dolmades: A Classic Greek Appetizer Recipe You Must Try!
Dolmades, also known as stuffed grape leaves, is a traditional Greek appetizer filled with a flavorful mixture of rice, herbs, and sometimes ground meat. This dish offers an explosion of flavors and is a wonderful way to whet your appetite. Today, we’re sharing an easy-to-follow recipe for you to bring the richness of Greek cuisine to your dining table!
- 60 vine leaves
- 1 cup short grain rice
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup currants
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Prepare vine leaves by blanching them in boiling water. Remove and let them drain.
- In a large pan, sauté the onion in half of the olive oil until translucent. Add in the rice and stir for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the dill, mint, parsley, pine nuts, currants, salt, and pepper. Mix well then remove from heat.
- Lay a vine leaf flat and add a spoonful of the mixture to the center. Fold the edges inward and roll into a tight cylinder. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling.
- Place the stuffed leaves into a large pot. Pour over the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice, then add enough water to just cover the dolmades.
- Cover the pot and simmer for about 50-60 minutes until the rice is fully cooked. Allow to cool in the pot before serving.
There you have it: delicious and hearty dolmades you can serve at your next gathering or enjoy as a unique snack. This appetizer is best paired with tzatziki sauce or a simple squeeze of lemon juice. Remember, the key to making perfect dolmades is to roll them tightly and to simmer them gently. Happy cooking!