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Meat Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe) Recipe

I love all roll-shaped food. Like eggplant rollatini, egg rolls, sushi, I can’t get enough of dolmades. I‘ve posted a vegetarian version in the past, but this time around I wanted to make some with meat. I decided to go with ground lamb because the meat is so flavorful without a ton of fuss. I paired the lamb with round-grained rice and flavored the filling with dried mint, black currants and caramelized fennel bulb.

I cooked them in a lightly-oiled steamer insert for almost 2 hours and let them cool to room temperature. If you’re wondering whether my husband Lulu had to just look on longingly, don’t worry; I made a separate batch of vegetarian ones for him too!


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Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe) Recipe

Dolmades, also known as dolmas, are stuffed grape leaves. They're typically filled with round-grained rice, but for more flavor I added diced roasted bell peppers and tomato paste. You could also use grilled eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms or even tomatoes if they're in season.

Like many rolled dishes (eggplant rollatini, egg rolls, sushi), making dolmades is quite labor intensive, so get some help to go through the process. I served them as appetizers with my fusion raita dipping sauce on the side. If you're planning a party, this dish can be prepared two days in advance, stored in the refrigerator and served at room temperature.

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