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Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) September 20, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.

1 jar grape leaves
1 onion
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup rice
1 small can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon mint leaves
3 eggs
Juice of one lemon (for sauce)

1. Boil water. Add grape leaves and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour off water and rinse with cold water. Chop onion and saute in butter until transparent and set aside.
2. Mix raw meat with rice, butter, sauteed onion, tomato sauce, salt, pepper and mint leaves. Add 1/2 cup water to soften the meat. Take 1 tablespoon of meat mixture, wrap in grape leaves and set in a large pot, seam-side down. Place an inverted heavy oven-proof plate that is smaller than the diameter of the saucepan on top of the grape leaves. Pour boiling water over the plate to cover. Boil on the stovetop for 30 minutes.
3. For the sauce, beat 3 egg yolks with salt and pepper until creamy. Add juice from 1 lemon and 1/2 cup water. Take all the broth from the grape leaves and gradually stir into egg mixture until blended. Pour over grape leaves.

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