Armenian Stuffed Grape Leaves
These are meatless and served cold with lemon. Another one where you might need a partner. A good appetizer for a party!
- 1 cup rice (I use Carolina for this recipe)
- 4 cups chopped onions
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
- 1 teaspoon mint
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 cup dried currant
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 50 grape leaves (jar or fresh)
- 2 lemons
Saute onions in olive oil until soft, not brown. Remove from heat.
Mix in everything else except grape leaves and lemon, cool.
If using fresh grape leaves, blanch quickly in boiling water. If using canned or jarred, no need for this step.
Lay out one leaf, pointy side up, shiny side down, cutting off stem.
Put a tablespoon of filling in the center. Fold up bottom of leaf to cover filling and then fold in sides and roll up to point of leaf. Don't roll too tightly because rice will expand.
Line a pot with broken leaves to protect dolma from burning. Place all rolls in pot lined up neatly and stacked up until all are in pot. Cover with a plate to prevent floating.
Squeeze 1 lemon into pot and add 2 cups of water.
Cook over low heat for about an hour and check. If liquid is not absorbed keep cooking until no more liquid remains.
Cool in pot without removing plate. Refrigerate until chilled and serve with lemon wedges.