chicken souvlaki, we had a greek feast with some friends on Saturday. I decided to make some dolmades/grape leaves to go along with our meal. Some people think making dolmades is really labor intensive, but I don't think so. Yes, they take some time to roll up each dolma, but it goes really quickly, in my opinion. I prepped these the night before so they were ready to stick in the oven to cook before dinner on Saturday. And I probably only spent about 20-30 minutes prepping them on Friday night... which I don't consider bad at all.
I used my own pickled grape leaves for these, but you can pick up a jar at the store in the international section, also. Normally, dolmades have rice in them, but since we are avoiding grains as much as possible, I decided to try making them without the rice. They turned out great! No one missed the rice at all and everyone commented about how delicious they were.
1 jar grape leaves
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
3 Tablespoons dried dill
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 - 2 cups chicken broth
Take the grape leaves out of the jar, rinse, and drain.
Mix the ground beef, onions, dill, mint, tomatoes, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
Place one grape leaf on a flat surface. Place a small amount of the meat mixture (about 2-3 Tablespoons, maybe?) in the center of the bottom part of the leaf.
When you are ready to cook the dolmades, preheat your oven to 375. Cover your casserole dish with its lid (or foil if you don't have a lid) and bake for an hour to an hour and a half. I cooked mine for an hour and a half. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, and serve! I've had dolmades with a tomato based sauce over them, an egg based sauce, and tzatziki. They are great with any of these! I decided to serve mine on Saturday with tzatziki.
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Fight Back Friday @ Food Renegade
Simple Lives Thursday @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa
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