Thought you'd enjoy watching Yiayia prepare Dolmades for our Sunday dinner. She's an artisan when it comes to Greek food! If you'd like to give it a try for yourself, here's Yiayia's recipe for Dolmades. Kali Orexi!
DOLMADES (STUFFED GRAPEVINE LEAVES)
- 1 jar (pint) Grapevine Leaves
- 1½ lbs. Ground Beef
- 2½ tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 Onions, grated
- 1 C Long-grain Rice (Yiayia will only use Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice)
- Juice of 1½ Lemons
- ½ C Parsley, chopped
- ¼ C Dill
- ¼ C Mint
- ¼ C Butter
- 2 C Beef or Chicken Broth
- 4-8 TBSP Lemon Juice
Prepare the Leaves: Rinse grapevine leaves in cold water. Let stand in warm water as dolmades are being prepared. If necessary, simmer leaves in water for 10 minutes to soften.
Prepare the Dolmades: Combine ground meat with next 9 ingredients, adding 3/4 cup water to make a soft, loose mixture. Place 1 teaspoon filling in center of a grapevine leaf (ribbed side) and shape in narrow roll. May be frozen at this point.
Line deep sauce pan with grapevine leaves and arrange dolmades in layers. (Yiayia uses a large stockpot.) Add butter, broth, and lemon juice and cover with inverted plate. Simmer covered, for about 45 minutes, or until rice is tender. Served with Avgolemono Sauce. Makes about 65 rolls.
AVGOLEMONO SAUCE (EGG-LEMON)
- 3 eggs, well-beaten
- ¼ C Water
- Juice of 2 lemons
In mixing bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy; add lemon juice, and water, blending well. Gradually add hot liquid of Dolmades, a little at a time, until eggs are lukewarm beating constantly. This is an important step, because you don't want your eggs to curdle. Remove saucepan from heat; pour egg sauce slowly over Dolmades. Shake saucepan to spread sauce evenly. Serve at once.
Dolmades are a delicious Greek treat! Because of all the work involved, we usually only have them for special holiday celebrations; however, they are good to eat any time. ☺ Let me know if you give the recipe a try.
One more thing...grapevine leaves can be found in most grocery stores. Our local Publix carries them, but they are located in a strange place. They are with the pickles. If you cannot locate grapevine leaves at your local grocery, you will most likely find them at a Mediterranean Specialty Store.
Have you ever eaten Dolmades or any other kind of Greek food?