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Dolmas With Chard Leaves

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Ingredients
  Pine nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Swiss chard leaves 1 Bunch (100 gm), washed (Approximately 20 Leaves)
  Yellow onion 1 , finely chopped
  Light olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Long grain white rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Finely chopped fresh parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped dill/4 teaspoons dried dill 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dried currants 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 4 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon stick 1
  Water 5 Cup (80 tbs), boiling
  Lemon 1 , cut into wedges
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Trim tough stalks from the chard leaves.
3) Cut through the central rib that extend into the leaf without cutting the leaves in half.

MAKING
2) In a shallow pan put pine nuts and toast them for approximately 5 minutes.
3) Keep aside to cool.
4) Keep the oven set at 350 degrees F.
5) In a large pot boil salted water, add chard leaves and blanch for 30 seconds.
6) Drain the leaves and refresh in cold water, rinse and drain again.
7) Place the leaves carefully over paper towels to absorb extra moisture.
8) Heat a medium-sized saucepan with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat and fry onion in for 7 to 10 minutes.
9) Stir in rice, parsley, dill, currants, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice and the cinnamon stick.
10) Add 2 cups boiling water, cover and simmer for approximately 1 5 minutes till water dries.
11) Let stand at room temperature. Discard cinnamon stick.
12) Spread half tablespoon of olive oil in a 10-inch round or 9-inch square glass baking dish.
13) Place one chard leave on a plate with the raised veins upwards. If there is a tear in the leaf at the center, overlap edges to cover up the hole.
14) Mound a heaped tablespoon of rice mixture at the tail of the leaf and roll up. Tuck the sides while rolling up.

FINALIZING
15) Put the dolma, seam side down, in the dish. Tightly pack the dolmas in the pan.
16) Follow the same process with the remaining leaves and rice mixture.
17) Rub remaining oil on the dolmas.
18) In a bowl mix 1 cup of boiling water with the 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 /2 teaspoon of the salt.
19) Pour it over the dolmas.

SERVING
20) Serve warm.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Greek
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Blanching
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Rice
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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