Stuffed Grape Leaves (vegan)

Delicious stuffed grape leaves – by an expert !

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pickled grape leaves, pickled in brine then washed and drained

  • 2 cups long-grain white rice. Soaked in cool water for 10 minutes , then drained

  • 5 large onions, chopped

  • 1 cup of olive oil

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • 1/3 cup dried currants

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

  • 1/3 cup dried mint flakes

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus a few wedges for serving.

  • A small handful of parsley, finely chopped

Directions

  • Dice the onions and sauté with 1/2 cup of olive oil. When they have turned translucent, add the pine nuts and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  • Add rice and stir constantly for 5-10 minutes, until the rice is translucent.
  • Add the spices (dried mint, cinnamon, lemon, salt, pepper, dried currants, sugar and chopped parsley.
  • After another quick stir, add 1/2 cup of boiling water and simmer on low medium heat for 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice mixture.
  • Take off the heat and let cool.
  • Traditionally, you put a spoonful of cooled mixture in the center of the top part of the leaf, fold the sides inwards and then roll the leaf like a cylinder,
  • Spread a layer of grape leaves on the bottom of a large heavy pot (to prevent the stuffed leaves from burning.), then lay ‘dolmas’ side by side and tuck very tightly.
  • Pour the remaining olive oil, juice of half a lemon and 2 cups of boiling water over the ‘dolmas’. Cover with a plate upside down (so that the ‘dolmas’ don’t move around in the boiling water) and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until all the water is absorbed (roughly 45-60 minutes.)

After, transfer to your serving dish and let cool. – Bon appetit !
Absolutely delicious !

This recipe has been contributed by Rotarian Rosie Dilek.