Delicious Vegetarian Dolmades 

Sharing with you all a delicious dolmades recipe.

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Delicious Dolmades Recipe ~

Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ingredients:

  • 50 vine leaves, drained and rinsed
  • (I use my fresh leaves from the garden but if you don’t have that readily available use 1 jar of grape leaves from your local store.
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 cup leeks, diced
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 tablespoon thyme honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

  1. If using store bought grape leaves, place leaves in colander and rinse with cold water. Remove stems, and set aside.  If using fresh leaves, remove stems. Rinse under cool water and blanch in boiling water. Once boiled, remove leaves from water and strain in colander.
  2. Prepare rice filling. In a large saucepan, add 1/3 cup of olive oil over medium heat. Place the onions and leeks in the pan. Saute until onions become translucent.
  3. Add the rice to the pan, and pour in the water, lemon, and 1/2 cup of olive oil.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, until the liquid has absorbed. Place rice in a medium bowl to cool.
  5. Add the spices, and honey to rice mix.
  6. Here comes the tricky part! (Rolling the grape leaves) Place one leaf- shiny side down, and add 1 teaspoon of the rice filling at the bottom of the leaf. (I learned the hard way to not overfill the dolmades, as they will break open.)
  7. Fold the lower part of the leaf towards the center, and over the filling. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice on the bottom of a pot.
  8. Bring both sides of the leaf to the center, and roll. Make sure you roll tight so when the dolmades cook, they don’t break open. Place the leaves in a pot, making sure to place leaves folded side down. When you placed all rolled leaves in pot, drizzle again with olive oil and lemon juice. (You can use a crock pot to cook the grape leaves in.)
  9. Place a plate on top of the dolmades to hold them down while cooking.
  10. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the water has absorbed. Remove from the pot and let them cool.
  11. When ready to serve, add fresh lemon juice and dill over the top. ( Serve with tzatziki dip.)

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26 thoughts on “Delicious Vegetarian Dolmades 

      1. Thank you, Krystina. I had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving. I got to spend time with my family and God. The best! Thank you for your thought about my father. He is getting weaker, but I’ll leave it up to God. He is in control of everything. Worrying about it doesn’t help the situation. I trust God completely. Have a blessed weekend. ❤ 🙂

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      2. Thank you Anna, you too dear! I just got busy this past week/weekend because I am getting together my products for a new Greek store in Sacramento. I hope to email ya no later then Monday. 🙂

        Thank you for your patience.
        I am sorry to hear about your father, but have faith and sending you lots of prayers dear.

        -Love,
        Krystina

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      3. Oh, Krystina! With God’s mercy and grace, I am quite well thank you so much. Just busy sharing my dream visions to people. I hope they will read my latest post ; for it is very important. I hope all is well with you and your family. Have a blessed day! God bless you and your family.

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