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Surfin Sapolopolous's Homemade Dolmades Aka Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ingredients
  Grape leaves 1 Bottle (1 l), preserve (from a Middle East Market)
For the filling:
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Large, finely chopped
  Beef mince 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Jasmine rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Bouillon 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh mint leaves 1⁄2 Bunch (50 gm), finely chopped
  Lemon juice 1 Medium
  Greek seasoning 1 Tablespoon (Zorob’s Greek Seasoning)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Finely chop the onion, mint and keep it aside.

MAKING
2. In a skillet sauté onion along with olive oil, sauté until brown.
3. Add the ground beef and break it up into small pieces, mix it with the onion and let it cook until the meat is brown.
4. In cup combine water with chicken boullion and chopped mint. Add this mixture to the ground beef and sauté.
5. Add the rice, salt and Greek seasoning and stir, let it cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
6. Rinse the grape leaves in fresh water and drain out all the salt from the leaves.
7. Boil the leaves in water for few minutes so that they soften.
8. Once done take one grape leave and add the spoonful of the filling and roll the leaves until the edges are sealed completely.
9. Continue until all done.
10. In a pot add water and arrange the rolled dolmas and add the lemon juice and let it steam for 30 minutes.

SERVING
11. Serve them warm or cold. You can store them in a jar or container, in the refrigerator.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Appetizer
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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