Elaine's Dolmathes (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 45 mins

Stuffed Grape leaves is an economical dish as well as very nutritious and diet friendly. This recipe is tried and true. Once you make these you will never purchase prepared stuffed grape leaves. If you do not care for lamb you can omit and increase the ground beef. You can also use fresh grape leaves if there are vines in your area. Just pick the leaves and follow the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Remove grape leaves from jar and cut off stems. Place a few leaves (10) at a time in a deep fry pan of simmering water for a about a minute. This removes the brine.
  2. Line the bottom of a 3 qt pan with 3 to 4 large leaves.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients except water in a bowl and start rolling.
  4. Place leaf, face or shiny side down. Put a small amount of mixture on upper half of leaf (stem end). Make one roll then turn sides in . Continue to roll.
  5. Place rolled grape leaves in the prepared pot seam side down. I work from the outer edge. Once the first layer is complete start a second layer.
  6. When all filling is used cover rolled leaves with 4 large leaves. Cover the leaves with a saucer that will fit inside the pot and add the 1 cup water. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
Most Helpful

Excellent! So good, I had to call my Greek neighbor to come over and give me her opinion. Five stars all the way! I used an entire pound of lamb along with the ground beef. I also served these with bleu cheese and ranch dressing to dip them in (that's what was available). DD (6 y.o.) had fun (and did great) helping to roll. Reviewed for ZWT4.

luvinlif2k July 11, 2008

Great recipe! MADE FOR ZWT4 for the DAFFY DAFFODILS

Shawna Landers July 10, 2008

Great recipe! Made for a photo challenge for ZWT4. My first try at Dolmathes which didn't go too bad. I am not a lover of lamb, so used all ground beef which worked out lovely!

JanuaryBride June 11, 2008