Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas) 2
I just made these the other night, and they were quite good.
I started with this recipe, from The Old World Kitchen, and basically
eyeballed and fiddled until I had something I liked.
I'll note the recipe and then note my changes:
Heat half the olive oil, fry onions until soft, add rice and stir
- grape leaves, fresh or bottled
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 lb onion, minced
- 1/2 cup raisins
- (1 tsp coriander, which was my addition to this)
- juice of 2 lemons
Pour on a glass of water, add raisans and cook until all water is
Roll into grape leaves, place grape leaves, seam side down, in a baking
dish (close together), add more water, oil and lemon juice and bake
at 300F for 1 hour.
Now, my changes:
I use the bottled grape leaves, because I like the extra tang from
the pickling juice.
I also used green onions (both white and green) instead of regular
onion, and used more of just about everything.
Heat olive oil, fry onions until soft, add rice and stir to coat.
Pour on a glass of water, add raisins and coriander.
As water is absorbed, add more until the rice is firm but no longer
(I've found that the one glass method tends to produce crunchy/undercooked
Roll mixture into grape leaves (notes on rolling below) and pack
like the bottom layer of a can of sardines (or like the 12 bunnies
in the bed...) with the seam side down.
When the pan is full, add one or two fingers of water (i.e. pour
in water so the height of the water on the side of the pan is the
width of one or two fingers)
Squirt lots of lemon juice on the little suckers.
Cover, put in 300F over and bake for 1 hour.
The tops may get a little dry during cooking, but will remoisten
when stored in the refrigorator.
Note on rolling grapeleaves:
Place your grape leaf flat, stem end away from you, vein side
Place about a tablespoon or so of mixture a tiny bit closer to you
than the point where the two side leaves branch off.
Fold the bottom over the stuffing toward you.
Fold the side leaves in toward the center.
The stuffing should now be surrounded on at least 3 sides.
Roll toward you until you have a little cigar shaped packet.