My Own Famous Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe
These are grape leaves, stuffed with a tantalizing mixture of rice, fresh dill, mint and lemon. 'Yum' is the only one word to describe these. These can either be a main dish or an appetizer, depending on your appetite. Serve with good crusty bread and a Greek salad, if desired.
YUMMY!! About 5 yrs ago i tasted grape leaves for the 1st time at a very expensive place, last yr. i tried making them from an international cookbook, but it didn't call for the broth, these were awesome, and with grape leaves growing out the wa-zoo in my backyard i am thinking of canning the leaves so i can make this more often, the only thing i would do differently would be to let the fresh leaves soak longer, and cover them with a plate for cooking... excellent 5 stars!!
I am Greek and loved this vegetarian version. Being from Crete, we always use tomato sauce in our Dolmas so I added about 1/2 sm can. I also use Oralando brand grape leaves from a jar. The Kronos brand is way too tough and never use them. I usually simmer mine in a pot with a plate sitting on top of the dolmas to keep them down. Dolmathes are best the next day after they've had a chance to blend flavors. Don't forget to smother some avgolemono sauce on top and a hunk of bread. These are the best! Thanks, Patti!
I really enjoyed this recipe. It was very time consuming since it was my first time making it. I prefer to use fresh herbs such as mint, dill, and onions. Sautéing the dill, onion, and mint in olive oil released plenty of aroma and flavor. Dry herbs doesn't bring that out as much. Mixing dry rice with the ingredients spread evenly in the pot. I didn't have chicken broth, so I added 2 cubes of chicken bouillon into the rice after adding water. It smelled amazing while the ingredients were cooking. By the way, I used 1.5 cups of brown rice and two cups of water. I followed the instructions for the grape leaves by draining the majority of the grape leaves and rinsing it thoroughly then putting them in room temperature water for 10 minutes. After my rice was almost cooked, I added some lemon juice, then I let the rice cook completely. Wrapping the rice in grape leaves was a little challenging, though after a few tries, I finally got it. Finally, placing the stuffed leaves into a large pot, added lemon juice and
I gave this recipe a 4 rather than a 5 as the rice mixture did not turn out quite as flavorful as in the local deli. Next time I may add more of the mint or dill, and perhaps some toasted pine nuts. However, the method works perfectly if you follow directions exactly; (and yes, it DOES tell you when to add the mint; add it with the dill!) the rolled leaves stay intact if packed closely together in cooking pot. I actually crowded them a little. On the grape leaves; best bet is to buy Mazetta jar of grape leaves, they are quite large and work well. You want the grape leaves pretty tender, so just cook them longer (we cooked ours about 2 hours on a very low simmer) if needed.
I've made these twice - once with ground veal and once without the veal & olive oil. I like it without the veal and the olive oil. I use jarred grape leaves from a speciality store so I don't have to cook them as long (but they aren't shiny green either). I agree w/ Rick, for a main dish, I like my leaves bigger than the recipe directs. To help keep them closed during the simmering, sqeeze the stuffed leaves w/ your hand before placing in the pot. I crave these, they are so good! Thanks Patti!
My mother made these this past sunday(easter!).I have a mixed review, b/c 1 or 2 ppl LOVED THEM but everyone else agreed the chicken flavor (from broth) was too strong.We would use veggie next time, but like I said, my Aunt thought they were better than the restaurants while my own mom could barely stand 'em..
I made these tonight. I enjoyed them but family thought they were a little too lemony. I only used 1 quart of broth, and dried dill. Next time, it I will cut back on lemon juice by about 1/3 cup. Lookin forward to eating them cod tomorrow!