Stuffed Grape Leaves
Stuffed Grape Leaves is a gluten free and vegetarian recipe with 12 servings. This recipe covers 12% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This hor d'oeuvre has 137 calories, 4g of protein, and 7g of fat per serving. A mixture of mint, pepper, salt, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so yummy. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 45 minutes.
Rinse grape leaves with cold water; drain well. Pat dry with paper towels.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add yellow onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Add green onions and almonds; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 cups water; bring to a boil.
Add rice, salt, pepper, and cinnamon; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 22 minutes or until rice is tender.
Remove from heat; cool. Stir in cheese, parsley, mint, and dill.
Spoon 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons rice mixture onto center of 1 grape leaf. Bring 2 opposite points of leaf to center; fold over filling. Beginning at 1 short side, roll up leaf tightly, jelly-roll fashion. Repeat procedure with remaining rice mixture and 35 grape leaves.
Place 12 stuffed grape leaves, seam sides down, in large saucepan lined with 3 grape leaves.
Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil and 1 tablespoon juice. Top with 12 stuffed grape leaves; drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil and 1 tablespoon juice. Repeat procedure with remaining 12 stuffed grape leaves, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 tablespoon juice. Cover with remaining 3 grape leaves; pour remaining 1 cup water over leaves. Invert a small heatproof plate on top of leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Remove from heat, and let stand in saucepan 2 hours.
Serve at room temperature with lemon wedges and yogurt, if desired.
Wine note: The piquant quality of grape leaves calls for a wine with good acidity to match, while the salty feta needs something thirst-quenching and bright. Boutari Santorini 2008 ($1
is a natural choice. --Jeffery Lindenmuth