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  • Serves: 50 Servings

Dolmas (Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves)

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Category: Appetizers, Greek, Rice

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Long-grain white rice
  • 1 c Plus 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c Finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 Green onions, including
  • -green tops, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c Minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tb Minced fresh mint
  • 1/2 c Pine nuts
  • 1 ts Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ts Ground allspice
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts Freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 oz Jar grape leaves


Servings: makes about 50 dolmas

Several stems of fresh parsley About 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
About 1 cup homemade chicken stock, canned chicken broth, or water, heated
Additional freshly squeezed lemon juice Grated or minced lemon zest for

Wash and drain rice. Heat 3 Tbsp of the olive oil in a skillet over
medium-high heat. Add the yellow onion and saute until soft but not brown,
about 5 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the drained rice, 1/2
cup of the remaining olive oil, green onions, parsley, pine nuts, cinnamon,
allspice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Rinse the grape leaves under running cold water to removes as much brine as
possible, pat dry, and stack on a plate. Place 1 leaf at a time, shiny side
down, on a flat work surface. Cut off and discard the tough stem end. Spoon
about 1 Tbsp of the rice mixture in the center near the base of the leaf.
Fold the stem end over to cover the filling, fold both side inward
lengthwise and then tightly roll leaf toward pointed tip end to form a
compact packet. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling.

Pour about 2 Tbsp. of the remaining olive oil in the bottom of a large pot
and strew with a layer of parsley stems to prevent grape leaves from
sticking. Arrange the stuffed leaves, seam side down and almost touching,
on top of the parsley, making as many layers as necessary. Drizzle the
remaining 5 Tbsp olive oil, the lemon juice, and 1/2 cup stock, broth, or
water over the leaves. Top with a heat-resistant plate and weight with a
heavy can to keep leaves from unwinding during cooking. Cover the pot,
bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook until rice is
tender, about 1 hour. During cooking, add a little heated liquid as needed
to keep dolmas moist. Remove from the heat and cool in the pot.

Sprinkle with lemon juice to taste, garnish with lemon zest, and serve at
room temperature.

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