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Delighting in Dolmades: A Traditional Greek Appetizer Recipe

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Delighting in Dolmades: A Traditional Greek ⁣Appetizer Recipe

What are some key ingredients for preparing Dolmades, the traditional Greek appetizer featured in the book ‘Delighting in Dolmades’?

Delighting in Dolmades:⁤ A Traditional Greek Appetizer Recipe

Greek Dolmades

Introduction

Welcome to a journey into Greek cuisine! Today, ‍we will be‍ learning about Dolmades, a traditional Greek appetizer. This is a favorite dish in many parts of Greece, often served at festive gatherings and family dinners. These delightful little packages of rice-filled grape leaves are a joy to make and even more enjoyable to⁢ eat. So let’s roll up our​ sleeves, just like we’ll roll these Dolmades, and get into this beloved Greek recipe.

Ingredients

  • 60 grape leaves (jarred or fresh)
  • 2 cups⁢ short grain rice
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 cup⁤ fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large⁢ pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add the rice and let it toast⁤ slightly⁤ in the pan.
  3. Next, add ⁣the fresh dill, mint, parsley, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  4. Add enough water to cover the rice mixture. Cover and let⁤ it simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, let it ⁣cool.
  6. Prepare the ‍grape leaves. If ⁢using jarred leaves, rinse thoroughly. If fresh,⁢ blanch until tender and cool.
  7. Lay a grape leaf flat, scoop a spoonful of the rice mixture onto the leaf.
  8. Fold the sides and roll it⁢ tightly.
  9. Repeat with remaining leaves and mixture.
  10. Arrange Dolmades in a pot, pour the remaining olive oil and lemon juice over the top. Cook on low heat for approximately ‌1 hour.
  11. Enjoy your freshly made, traditional Greek Dolmades!

Conclusion

In the spirit of Greek hospitality, share ​these delightful Dolmades with friends and family. Enjoy the nuanced blend of flavors – the⁤ tanginess from the grape leaves, the freshness of the herbs, and the soft texture of the​ rice. A plate full of Dolmades is more than just a meal; it is a testament of love and dedication to great food. Enjoy!

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