This is very similiar to what I make. My grandmother is lebanese and I grew up learning how to make all sorts of wonderful middle eastern cuisine. The only thing I do differently is use white basmati rice - I get rave reviews from suspicious eaters when I use this rice. It is very important that you rinse the leaves individually or it will come out sour. Also you can subsitute the lamb for ground beef, don't try to make it "healthier" by using lean beef or ground turkey - it won't come out right. Serve with pita bread and hummus for the full effect. Other foods that go with it are falafels and tahini. I have some middle eastern recipes listed. See my reviews for more.
Nice dolmas... I used ground beef in place of lamb, white Basmati rice, sea salt, but I was afraid to put in to measure and ended up not using enough (note here for next time), freshly ground black pepper, fresh mint, plus the rest of the ingredients. Served with thick yogurt and lemon to squeeze on top. I would make these again. Made for All Aboard the L-O-V-E train! 1/23 - 2/14
This is a winner! I was looking for a lebanese recipe since my husband is from there. He loved them and was surprised they turned out so good for a my first try at grape leaves; they were great! I substituted middle-eastern seven spice mix instead of cinnamon and beef instead of lamb (wasn't available at store) and used basmati rice. It took me a little longer to prep and makes a large quantity, but I'm sure it can be easitly cut in half. We serve them with yogurt; they are so good!. Thanks Cathy!!
I liked this recipe. It is a bit of work but well worth it. I did use ground turkey instead and it altered the taste a bit but I liked it. Make sure to leave the rice in the water for At Least an hour or it will still be crunchy. I will be making this again!