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Grape Leaf Packages With Soft Cheese And Almonds

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Ingredients
  Cream cheese 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), ground
  Dates 2 Tablespoon, pitted, chopped
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), slivered
  Grape leaves 16
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Rosemary sprig 1
  Tomato wedges 4
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Soak the grape leaves in water to remove saltiness, if mentioned on the package.
2. Drain them and pat dry on paper toweling.

MAKING
3. In a small skillet melt the butter.
4. Add the slivered almonds, and sauté them for 2-3 minutes until evenly golden.
5. Take pan off the heat, and set aside to cool.
6. In the mean time, in a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese.
7. Whisk the cheese until smooth and creamy.
8. Fold in ground almonds, chopped dates and seasonings according to taste.
9. Stir in the cooled fried almonds and mix thoroughly.
10. Arrange the grape leaves on a clean counter
11. Spoon an equal amount of the cheese – almond mixture in the center of each leaf.
12. Fold each leaf over the filling to make small parcels.
13. Enclose 2 grape-leaf parcels each in foil piece of foil.

FINALZING
14. Arrange the foil packages over a hot barbecue to cook the grape leaf parcels for about 10 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.

SERVING
15. Place one parcel on each serving plate and unwrap the foil, folding it around the edges.
16. Garnish the parcels with rosemary sprigs and tomato wedges.
17. Serve immediately accompanied with barbecued baby corn if you like.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Barbecue
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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