Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins

These dolmades have much more meat than rice in them which is how my dad always liked them. This is the first thing I remember cooking with my mom when I was little. She would let me "help" roll the dolmades.


  1. Mix all ingredients well in a bowl except for Grape Leaves.
  2. Wrap 1 Tablespoon of meat mixture in 2 Grape Leaves. Wrap so it resembles a small cigar.
  3. Continue until all meat mixture is used.
  4. Pack stuffed Grape Leaves into the bottom of a pot. Multiple layers if needed.
  5. Cover the layers of stuffed Grape Leaves with any unused leaves spread over the top.
  6. Add water to cover over ½ inches above Grape Leaves.
  7. Place plate upside down over the leaves to weigh them down.
  8. Cover pot with its lid.
  9. Boil for 30 to 45 minutes.
  10. Remove stuffed Grape Leaves with tongs.
  11. Serve with Lemon wedges.