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Savor the Mediterranean: A Delicious Greek Dolmades Appetizer Recipe
Experience the vivid flavors of Mediterranean cuisine in the comfort of your kitchen! This traditionalGreek Dolmades recipe is a testament to the fresh and vibrant flavors of Greece and a delicacy that is loved by people all around the world. Ideal as an appetizer, they’re packed with seasoned rice, herbs, and optionally minced meat, all rolled in tender grape leaves. The secret to success lies in each meticulously wrapped bundle. Let’s embark on a culinary journey and make these delicious dolmades from scratch!
- 50 grape leaves, drained & rinsed
- 1 cup uncooked short-grain rice
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 bunch of dill, chopped
- 1 bunch of mint, chopped
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 1 cup olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Optional: 1/2 cup mince meat
- In a large skillet, sauté the onions in one tablespoon of olive oil until transparent.
- Add the rice, half the lemon juice, half the herbs, salt, pepper, and water. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
- Prepare the grape leaves by rinsing them under cold water.
- Place about one teaspoon of the rice mixture in the center of the leaf, then fold the leaf over the filling, tuck in the sides and roll it like a mini cigar. Repeat until all leaves and filling are used.
- In a large pot, arrange the rolled dolmades. Drizzle remaining olive oil and lemon juice over them. Add enough water to cover half of the dolmades.
- Set a plate on top of the dolmades to keep them from unfolding, cover the pot and simmer for about 50 minutes, or until the leaves are tender and the filling is cooked.
And there you have it, the authentic Greek Dolmades, ready to serve and please your loved ones! You can serve them warm or at room temperature, drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil. They are excellent as an appetizer but can also work as a part of a meze spread. The best part? The leftovers, if any, taste even better the next day! This recipe serves as a charming introduction to Greek cuisine, nourishing your senses with its culmination of flavors. Kali Orexi, or as we say in English, Bon Appétit!
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