Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rolling Grape Leaf

A very popular Turkish dish. Very famous dish. In all regions. Very difficult cooking. Most favorite at tea parties, cocktails, picnics and hosting the guests. Of course, my most loved dish! Can be cooked in two ways. (1) with minced meat (2) olive oil. First way is served with yoghurt. Second is served as cold appetizer. We are now into second way: zeytinyağlı yaprak dolması as we call in turkish, also known as grape leaf rolls with olive oil:

A)) Here's your +++ ingredients list+++

1. 500g vine leaves, but try to find thin leaves!
2. 1.5 cups rice
3. 1 kg onion
4. 1 glass of olive oil
5. 3 cups boiling water
6. 2 teaspoon sugar
7. 1 tablespoon redcurrant

8. 1 teaspoon pimento
9. 1 lemon
10. A pinch of salt
11. A pinch of black pepper

B)) Here's your +++ instructions+++

1. Peel the onions. Cut them very thin. At low heat, sauté without oil. When the color of onions is changing, add oil in.

2. Add the rice. Now continue sauté.
3. Add 1.5 cups of boiling water. Then sugar.
4. Add all of the spices: salt, mint, pimento, blask pepper.
5. Adjust lower heat and simmer until rice absorbs all the water.

6. Fun now starts:) Wrap a spoonful of this mixture in each leaf.

+++Note+++ The vine leaves can be pickled in brine, so easily to be used out of the season. Like my leaves I use today, in December! In this case, what do we do? Leaves should be firstly soaked in warm water to reduce the salt. Don't forget this before starting your rolling process!

7. When finished, lay them all neatly in a saucepan and squeeze a lemon over them.

Now my dolmas (=leave wraps) are ready! I am going for the following steps:

8. Pour 1.5 cups of boiling water. Bring back the heat to the boiling.
9. When water is boiling, get lower the heat, and cook until the water has completely gone.
10. Transfer to a serving dish when cool.
11. Garnish with many lemon slices!

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