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Byzantine Dolmathes (Stuffed Grapeleaves)

 

75

Yield

60

servings

Prep

50

min

Cook

45

min

Ready

2

hrs

Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

1 Jar grape leaves
or fresh
*
Filling
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
or lamb
2 each onions
chopped
1 clove garlic
pressed
2 cups water
½ cup tomato sauce
1 cup rice
2 tablespoons mint leaves
chopped
2 tablespoons parsley leaves
chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1 x black pepper
to taste
*
teaspoon cinnamon
*
½ cup currants
¼ cup port wine
optional
*
¼ cup pine nuts
or walnuts
2 cups water
1 each lemon juice
Sauce
3 large eggs
2 each lemon juice
1 cup stock
hot

Directions

If using canned grape leaves, rinse off brine by floating leaves in a basin of cold water.

Prepare fresh vine leaves by pouring a cup of boiling water over them in a bowl. Drain.

Spread 5 or 6 leaves out at a time on a flat surface.

Lay leaf stem side up. Snip off stem with kitchen shears.

MAKE FILLING: Heat oil in large frying pan.

Fry meat, onions and garlic on medium heat for 5 minutes, mixing it as it cooks.

Add water and remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes, until water is absorbed.

Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Put 1 teaspoon of filling near stem.

Bring left side of leaf towards center, then bring right side towards center.

They will not always meet.

Pick up stem end of leaf, tucking in the filling. Roll away from you.

It will be an oblong roll like a sausage.

Line the bottom of a large skillet with 4 leaves.

Place each roll so that the tucked under end is on the bottom.

Arrange each roll snugly, one next to the other, until all the leaves (except 3), and filling are gone.

Place these leaves flat on top of rolls.

Place a flat dish on top of rolls also to prevent their unravelling during cooking.

Add water and lemon juice.

Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 45 minutes.

When done, remove pot from fire.

Make egg and lemon sauce and add to broth immediately or serve without sauce either cold as an appetizer or as a hot entree.

EGG AND LEMON SAUCE: Beat eggs until thick and light yellow, at least 5 minutes, with an electric beater or 10 to 15 minutes by hand.

Add juice slowly, beating all the while.

Mix 1 cup hot broth into beaten eggs, stirring it in quickly with spoon (or wire whisk) so heat will not curdle the eggs.

Cook over very low heat until thickened.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 44g (1.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 4547% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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