Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves
Stuff yourself with these great grape leaves. A gourmet treat, this appetizer is sure to satisfy your guests every time.
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40 to 45 servings

Ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil
2 onions, fine chop
1 tbsp. each garlic, fresh mint, basil and dill, finely chopped
2 cups rice
1 cup water
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tsp. black pepper
40-45 grape leaves
1/2 pound butter, cubed
Yogurt (optional)

Methods/steps
Sauté over low heat the olive oil, onions, garlic and herbs. Add rice and water. Bring to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and pepper. Set aside. Boil grape leaves 10 minutes, until tender. Drain leaves; stuff with rice mixture; the shiny sides of the leaves face out. Cover the bottom of an 8-quart saucepan with single leaves; place stuffed leaves on top; cover with more single leaves. Cover with water; add butter. Place a dinner plate over the leaves (to keep them firm) while simmering over low heat for 1 hour. Drain; chill 1 hour before serving plain, or with yogurt for dipping.

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