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“Mark Bittman; he recommends if you cannot get fresh grape leaves, you may prefer using cabbage or chard leaves instead of bottled grape leaves, which he says have little flavor.”
READY IN:
1hr 30mins
YIELD:
30 appetizers
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; parboil grape leaves, a few at a time, until they are tender and pliable, just a couple of minutes.
  2. Drain leaves, then cut off the stems and remove any hard veins near the base of the leaves; pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a large, deep skillet over med-high heat.
  4. One minute later, add in the onion; cook, stirring, until it is tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the pine nuts, rice, allspice, 1 teaspoon salt, and stock.
  6. Cover, decrease heat to med-low, and cook about 10-12 minutes, until the rice is somewhat tender but still quite al dente.
  7. Cool in a large bowl, check flavor for salt, and add lots of pepper, the mint, and half the lemon juice.
  8. One at a time, place the grape leaves, shiny side down, on a work surface; put 1 tablespoon rice mixture in the middle of the leaf.
  9. Fold over the stem end, then the sides, then roll toward the tip, making a neat little package.
  10. Don’t roll too tightly, as the rice will continue to expand during cooking.
  11. Place the packages side by side in a roasting pan or skillet (layering them is fine), add water (or even better, more stock) to come about halfway up the rolls, and weight with a heatproof plate.
  12. Cover the pan/skillet and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  13. Drain; serve at room temperature, sprinkled with remaining lemon juice and a bit of olive oil.

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