Mediterranean cultures are full of stuffed foods. Whether it be tomatoes, eggplants, bread, or grape leaves! With the abundance of grapevines in the warm climate, fresh grape leaves are way easier to find than in the U.S. However, pickled grape leaves can be easily found in major supermarkets and Middle Eastern markets. Turkish cuisine has different types of dolmas, including mussell dolmas and white cabbage dolmas, which is made with a type of local cabbage rare in the States.

The following dolmas are made with pine nuts and currants. Add a half teaspoon of allspice for a more Turkish taste. Delicious!

Pine Nut Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 cups canned chicken broth
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup minced fresh mint, or 3 tablespoons dried mint
1 8-ounce jar grape leaves,* drained

Heat 1/4 cup oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until very tender, about 10 minutes. Add rice and cumin and stir 1 minute. Add 2 cups broth and currants. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Mix in nuts, parsley and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Place grape leaves in bowl. Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes. Drain. Cut off stems. Arrange 1 leaf veined side up on work surface. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of rice filling on stem end. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling. Place seam side down in 2 heavy 12-inch skillets. Divide remaining 3 tablespoons oil and 2 cups broth between skillets. Cover; simmer over medium-low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Uncover and let rolls cool. Transfer to platter. Cover and chill. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)



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