Lamb Meatballs and Collard Dolmades

"This is a non-traditional appetizer recipe using inexpensive and plentiful collard greens rather than grapevine leaves. Half the lamb meatballs can be served plain and the other half wrapped in the leaves."
photo by a user photo by a user
Ready In:
8 appetizer portions




  • Soak the bulgur in hot water until tender, 20 to 30 minutes; drain, squeezing out as much water as you can.
  • Combine bulgur with lamb, onion, garlic, cumin, mint, salt and pepper; shape into small 1 inch meatballs, handling the mixture as little as possible.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat; cook meatballs, turning every few minutes, for a total of 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Blanch collard greens, in batches, in a large pot of salted boiling water, just until pliable, about 1 or 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon to a colander.
  • Rinse with cool water then squeeze to remove most of the moisture.
  • With a sharp knife, cut leaves in half, lengthwise, removing stems.
  • On a work surface, place leave sideways, put a meatball inside, then roll up like a burrito, encasing the meatball with the leaf; place seam side down on a serving dish.
  • Repeat with remaining meatballs and leaves; serve with lemon wedges.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


Have any thoughts about this recipe? Share it with the community!


<p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>We may live without poetry, music and art;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We may live without conscience and live without heart;</p> <p>We may live without friends; we may live without books,</p> <p>But civilized man cannot live without cooks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He may live without books -- what is knowledge but grieving?</p> <p>He may live without hope-- what is hope but deceiving?</p> <p>He may live without love -- what is passion but pining?</p> <p>But where is the man that can live without dining?</p> <p>-- Owen Meredith</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm an all-American original, having lived in Hawaii, New York, Texas, South Carolina, and Miami. &nbsp;I also served 7 years in the US Army. &nbsp;My husband is from Bogota, Colombia and has also lived in the former Soviet Union. &nbsp;But now we are both in NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tomasi enjoyes a bath!</p> <p><br /><a href=;current=tomas.jpg target=_blank><img src= border=0 alt=Photobucket /></a> <br />&nbsp;<br />Some of my recipes:</p> <p> <object width=480 height=360 data= type=application/x-shockwave-flash> <param name=data value= /> <param name=src value= /> <param name=wmode value=transparent /> </object> <a href= target=_blank><img src= alt=/ /></a><a href= target=_blank><img src= alt=/ /></a> <br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />I also have the genealogy bug!&nbsp; I've been tracing my roots for at least 10 years.&nbsp; One branch came to America just after the Mayflower in the early 1600s.&nbsp; Others came in the early 1700s, late 1890s.&nbsp; So, my American roots run pretty deep and I am deeply patriotic.&nbsp; Just wish someone had thought to same me some land!</p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes