Stuffed Grape Leaves (dolmades)

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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
2 h. 45 min.
Preparation

Ingredients

for
6
Ingredients
300 grams
pickled Grape leaf
200 grams
200 grams
5 tablespoons
4 tablespoons
4 tablespoons
½ bunch
½ bunch
1 teaspoon
dried Mint
juice of Lemons
fresh Grape leaf (for garnish)

Preparation steps

1.

Separate grape leaves carefully. In a large pot, parboil grape leaves in a boiling water for about 8 minutes. Remove grape leaves with a slotted spoon and drain. Rinse rice in a colander and shake out excess water. Peel onions and grate into a bowl. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pan and fry pine nuts and currants and add rice and onions and cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.  Add 3/8 l (approximately 13 ounces) water and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Rinse herbs, shake dry and chop finely and add to rice.

2.

Lay out grape leaves on work surface and cut stems with kitchen shears. Add 1 teaspoon rice to the wide side of each leaf. Fold wide side to the right and fold two right sides to the right and left over the filling. Roll from the top down into a cylinder. Place rolls with seam side down in a pot with a wide bottom and  pour lemon juice and 2 tablespoons oil over rolls. Place an upturned plate over rolls and pour in hot water just until covered. Simmer over low heat for about 1 hour and let cool for 1 hour in pot. Serve on fresh grape leaves and garnish with lemon slices.