One of my all time FAVORITE Greek dishes is Dolmades. They are basically just Greek rice wrapped in grape leaves or zucchini flowers. They are flavorful and healthy! Oh, and did I mention they are vegetarian?! Most dolmathes recipes have meat in them but honestly, it tastes a thousand times better to leave out the meat and let the rice speak for it self.
Now, I am not vegetarian but I do have vegetarian friends and this dish is always a hit no matter who I’m serving it to! And of course as a Greek I love serving traditional food. This recipe takes some time and rolling the grape leaves takes some practice but it is so worth it! So if you’re looking for quick dinner this isn’t it but if you have a day to prep something before a party this will impress everyone!
32 oz. rice
1/2 cup fine chopped mint
1/2 cup find chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
1 bunch fine sliced green onion
3 Tbs salt
1 Tbs pepper
1 Tbs garlic
2 cups olive oil
3/4 cup lemon juice
Yields: 8 tomatoes and 56 grape leaves with left over rice!
- Dig out the insides of the tomatoes. Chop fine. Put in 12 quart stock pot.
- Add all other ingredients to pot.
- Add 10 cups water. Simmer rice until slightly al dente.
- Cool rice mixture.
- Stuff 8 tomato shells (we dug out the centers in the first step!) Roll the rest of the rice into grape leaves (like a burrito folded on each end)
- Place stuffed grape leaves into a large Pyrex baking dish (don’t fill the pan too full, may take more than one pan)
- Add 1 cup water into Pyrex
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Do you have an awesome Greek recipe for me to try? Let me know in the comments!