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Delicious Dolmades: A Traditional Greek Appetizer Recipe
If you’ve ever dived into the delightful flavors of Greek cuisine, you have likely encountered the exquisite dish known as ‘Dolmades’. This irresistible delicacy, consisting of stuffed grape leaves, honors the rich Mediterranean tradition. Packed with a flavorful mixture of rice, herbs, and often minced meat, Dolmades can be a treat as a starter or a healthy light meal. Here is a straightforward recipe to prepare delicious, authentic Greek Dolmades from scratch.
- For the Dolmades:
- 60 vine leaves (jarred or fresh)
- 1 cup of short-grain rice (soaked in hot water for 20 minutes then drained)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 1 cup of chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- Prepare the Filling: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the drained rice, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
- Prepare the Vine Leaves: If you are using jarred vine leaves, rinse them thoroughly under cold water and drain. If you’re using fresh leaves, blanch them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then rinse in cold water and drain.
- Stuffing: Place a leaf on a flat surface, vein side up. Put a spoonful of the filling near the stem end of the leaf. Fold the stem end over the filling, then fold both sides toward the middle and roll it up tightly.
- Cook: Arrange the dolmades, seam side down, in a large pot. Pour chicken or vegetable broth, just enough to barely cover them. Cover the pot and simmer for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
- Lemon Sauce: Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Beat the egg in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice while beating and gradually add hot but not boiling chicken broth.
- Serve: Once the dolmades are cooked, remove them from the heat and drizzle them with the lemon sauce. Your delicious, traditional Greek appetizer is ready!
Savoring these vibrant, flavorful Greek Dolmades is like enjoying a taste tour of Greece. They are perfect to serve at a dinner party or enjoy as a snack at any time of the day. This recipe carries the essence of traditional Greek cuisine in every delightful bite. Καλή όρεξη! (Enjoy your meal in Greek)