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Greek Dolmades - Stuffed Vine Leaves

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Gluten Free Diet

    Excludes foods containing gluten, such as wheat, barley, rye and their by-products.

  • Egg Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to this food.

  • Sugar Free Diet

    Limits all sources of added sugars and encourages the reduction of high-carbohydrate (high glycemic index) foods. A claim that a food can be classified as SF can be made when it contains less than 0.5 gr of sugars per 100 gr of solid food or 100 ml of liquid food.

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.

Method

Stuffed grape vine leaves are known as “Dolmades” and can be served as an appetizer or a main course.

If you have fresh vine leaves, blanch them for 2-3 seconds in boiling, salted water. Remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl full of very cold water. When they are all ready, let them drain in a strainer. Use a small sharp knife to remove any stems or tough veins they may have.

If you happen to have your own vine leaves in brine, frozen or canned… remove them from the jar or bag, transfer to a strainer and wash with plenty of cold water and allow them to drain before using.

For the filling

  • Place a pot over medium to high heat.
  • Add the spring onion, onion and garlic along with ½ the olive oil (125 ml).
  • Sauté for 10-15 minutes, until they soften and caramelize nicely and shrink in volume.
  • Add the rice and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the water and stir. Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the rice soaks up the water.
  • When ready, remove from heat and set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes.
  • Add the coriander, dill, mint, lime zest, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

To assemble

  • Spread 4-5 vine leaves, lemon wedges and lemon juice on the bottom of a 22 cm pot. Use any ripped or broken vine leaves.
  • Place a vine leaf in the palm of your hand or on a cutting board (veins facing up and shiny side down).
  • Add 1 tablespoon of filling in the center, fold the sides of the vine leaf inward and roll to complete.
  • Transfer to the pot, placing the stuffed vine leaves in a row, one next to the other.
  • Repeat the same process for all the vine leaves.
  • When the first layer has been added, continue with a second and third, if needed until they are all done.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and cover the stuffed vine leaves with a plate. This is done so that they don’t fall apart while cooking.
  • Add the warm or hot water, until they are completely covered.
  • Simmer for about 40-50 minutes until the rice is done and the vine leaves are tender.
  • When ready, remove from heat and set them aside to cool in the pot.
  • Serve the stuffed vine leaves with yogurt, dill, mint, olive oil and freshly ground pepper.
  • If you have fresh grape vine leaves, blanch them for 2-3 minutes in salted boiling water. Remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl with cold water.
  • When all of the vine leaves are blanched, let them drain in a strainer. Use a sharp knife to remove the stems and any thick veins that may be on the leaves.
  • If you have your own or if you are going to use store bought vine leaves preserved in brine, frozen or from a can, remove them from the container and place in a strainer. Rinse under cold water and let them drain.
  • Heat ½ cup of olive oil and sauté the onions in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until translucent.
  • Rinse the rice very well and drain well. Add it to the onions and stir for 1-2 minutes to coat them in the oil. Add 2 cups of water and stir.
  • Simmer over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover with a clean cotton towel. Place lid over towel and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  • Put the herbs in a bowl. Add the rice mixture. Season with salt and pepper and mix.
  • Take 1 vine leaf at a time. Place it on your palm or on a cutting board (veins facing upward and the shiny side facing down). Add a spoonful of filling in the center. Fold the edges inward and roll to close.
  • Spread a layer of leaves on the bottom of the pot (use any torn or cut leaves first). Add the dolmades, placing them one next to the other.
  • When the first layer is complete continue with a second and third, if necessary, until they are all done.
  • Add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and enough warm water to cover them completely. Place a plate over the rolls (this is done to keep the dolmades in place and they don’t fall apart while cooking). Simmer over medium heat for about 45-60 minutes.
  • Try one to make sure the rice has cooked properly and if the leaves are soft. When ready, remove from heat.
  • Let them cool for a bit, in the pot. They can be served warm or cold and should be enjoyed all on their own!
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

220
Calories (kcal)
11 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

11.2
Total Fat (g)
16 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

2.1
Saturated Fat (g)
11 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

23.8
Total Carbs (g)
9 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

3.3
Sugars (g)
4 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

5.0
Protein (g)
10 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.3
Fibre (g)
5 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

1.1
Sodium (g)
18 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

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