How To Make Rolled Grape Leaves at Home (Dolmades)

Rolled Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

So good, you'll want to make them at home!
So good, you'll want to make them at home! | Source

It's all Greek to Me

The practice of rolling a variety of grains and meats in vine leaves has been a tradition for thousands of years. Some insist that Dolmades were served on Mount Olympus, paired with nectar and ambrosia, for he Greek Gods.

If it's good enough for a God in any culture, it's good enough for me!

I learned to make these tasty little parcels of meat and rice many years ago. The ingredients and fillings can range from grains to meats.

This is the best way to fix them in a residential kitchen and I've served them as appetizers or a main dish. The ingredients are so simple that they even appeal to the child like palate. A simple mixture of ground meat, rice and lemon makes them delicious and filling. I made a ton of them and took them to a pot luck and one of the nurses, who was of Grecian heritage, commented that they reminded her of her childhood. The platter was clean in a matter of minutes and that is when you know you've got a hit!

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Chillax and Get Ready to Roll

These little puppies can be time consuming. While my husband took my kids to a concert, I had the house to myself. I cranked up the stereo, made a cup of coffee and sat down to take my time and prepare these stuffed Grape Leaves for my husband as a "thank you." He towed six teens to Scottrade.

In my book, I call that "taking one for the team."

My gratitude will be displayed in fresh, simmered little delicate packages of love. I know that when he walks through the door and smells the air, all thoughts of concert noise will be replaced with thoughts of a favorite snack and it's a very cold in St. Louis right now.

Rinse each leave and cut the stem prior to filling.
Rinse each leave and cut the stem prior to filling. | Source

Do You Like Dolmades?

5 stars from 5 ratings of Dolmades
Prep time: 2 hours 3 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 2 hours 43 min
Yields: One Jar of Grape Leaves will yield about 50

Ingredients

  • 1 Jar Grape Leaves
  • 1lb Ground Beef / Lamb, lean is best
  • 1 Cup Rice, Long Grain
  • 3 Lemons, Juiced
  • 1 Tub Patience

Patience

  1. Combine the ground meat with the rice.
  2. Roll a couple tablespoons of mixture into each leaf.
  3. Line the bottom of a stock pot with the rolled leaves. Cover with water or chicken broth and the juice of 3 lemons. Gradually bring to a low boil, then turn heat down to simmer for about 40 minutes.

Roll 'em up!

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The Cooking Technique

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Technique for the residential kitchen.
Technique for the residential kitchen. | Source

Simmer Down

When it's time to cook, line the stock pot with the Dolmades, stacking them tightly on top of each other. I use a heat proof plate (Corelle) and place it on top of the rolled batch. Then I pour the lemon juice and water or broth over all, while I hold the plate in place. Next, I place a heavy small stock pot on top of the plate to hold it in place.

After the Dolmades are cooked, I carefully hold the pan and plate in place while I drain the water from the pot.

These are most delicious when eaten fresh but if you're making them to take away put them in the refrigerator. The leaves can dry out quickly at room air temperatures.

It can be time consuming to make these but just one bite, is proof that food is love.

Started From the Bottom ....

Now We're Here...

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I could fake it and tell you that I'll try this but honestly, Kelly, no way. LOL But I did want to stop by and say hi, so.....HI KELLY! I'll give this to Bev; she'll enjoy it I'm sure.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These remind me of cabbage rolls a little bit. I've never had Dolmades but I will try your recipe as by the sounds of these I know my family will like them.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love grape leaves and always order them as an appetizer when we go to our favorite Greek restaurant. You have inspired me to try making them at home. The Video is cute.


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W1totalk 2 years ago

This is just a very delicious treat and great illustration for this treat. Nice hub.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

One!

My favorite!!!!! Thank you!!!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well thank you so much for the view Bill:). I know what you mean...this probably isn't something you'll jump up and get to any time soon! I appreciate the visit just the same:)


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

They do remind me of cabbage rolls...I love those too. Prepared with a grape leave really changes the flavor a lot now that you've made me think about it. Thanks Susan!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks teach! I did like that video:).

These are really easy...you just have to have a lazy afternoon because its a process for sure!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much W1totalk!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Audrey...I love them too! I still have some left over from last night...but not too many:).


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

I do like Dolmades and have been wanting to make some. Thanks for the clear guide with recipe!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This does sound so simple and easy I will for sure try it. Thanks. ^


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I've never had this or even heard of it, but I enjoyed your hub. It was well done.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

I love love love Dolmades and will be trying this. One quick question. Is the rice cooked or uncooked when you mix it with the ground beef? Im guessing uncooked and then it cooks in the broth, but just want to make sure. Thanks for the nice recipe.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

I watched someone make these once, years ago, and I swore I'd give it a try. Thanks for the gentle nudge - I need to go for it!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow....it sound delicious. I can't wait to taste it. Thanks for the recipe. Good job and VOTED UP :-)

Prasetio


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice and innovative recipe!

Looks like something which we make here with Arvi leaves, a local veggie. Slightly time consuming but worth the effort. I am sure your combination of ingredients will taste wonderful.

Thanks for sharing the details!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you RTalloni...these are awesome to taste and easy to make ...just need some spare time and good music!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jackie! Thank you...they are simple to do, it's just a process. Well worth it in the end though!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you FlourishAnyway...I'd only heard of them because I know a Lebanese family who made them...then they started to become popular finger food around here. Now I see them on menus in several places so they're catching on!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Glimmer Twin! Good to see you! And yes the rice is Uncooked...just mix it with the meat and cook all together. I should have been more specific and will edit that so thank you! Right...the broth cooks it through and the flavor is so great because it all cooks together.

I also meant to point out not to use quick rice...no need!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You're Welcome Marcy...they are really worth the time involved if you like Mediterranean food...it's really comfort food to me...and it is that time of year! Thank you!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Prasetio! How ya been? Good to see you!

These are really good, just time consuming but when you eat the first one....well the hard work is done and your thrilled! Lol


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you CitrangadaSharan...I'd love to see your recipe...you should make a hub and I'll link you up!


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I didn't know grape leaves were something you could just go out and buy, but now I am curious.

This looks delicious, and I would love to try it sometime. It looks right up my alley.

I like your casual writing style. It makes me want to brew up some coffee and make these right now!

I also like that you have photos showing how to roll these, because for someone who has never done it, it could be confusing.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Kathryn...they can be hard to imagine how to make for the first time. Even to explain it started to get complex so a photo just made it way easier!

These are great little appetizers or make a whole bunch and it's a meal! Let me know if you try it!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I have never tried rolled grape leaves before-the inside look delish but I'm wondering if you can say what the leaves taste like-just curious-by the way, what a beautiful photo of your batch of rolled grape leaves. P.S.-love how you added 1 Tub Patience to your list of Ingredients. Probably a good thing you let people know that-sounds fun but putzy.


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Minnetonka! Good question...the grape leaves taste very simple, a very mild earthy flavor like a spinach leave maybe? The combination of the lemon juice with rice and ground meat really rounds out a full flavor! And oh my, ya do need a little patience or fagettabboutit! It can't be rushed!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I feel like your standing right next to me. I heard 'Fagettabboutit' so clearly. LOL

I would like the taste of the leaves because I like spinach and any veggie for that matter. Hope your having a great start to the holiday season. I'll let you know when I try your recipe.


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Christy Kirwan 2 years ago from San Francisco

I LOVE dolmas, and these look delicious! I usually buy them from a Mediterranean market up the street from my house, but now I'll have to try your recipe at home sometime. :)


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

I am not a great cook, Kelly, but I love Greek food. Which I generally eat in a Greek restaurant. But thanks for this yummy recipe. I'll share it with a friend who IS a great cook.


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Sharyn's Slant 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Wow, you make this look so simple. I bet my customers at the cafe would love these. Very nice hub Kel!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Hmm...I've never tried these, but ya know...I would. They remind me of making tamales - SO time-consuming and it takes DAYS. :P

As always, you're cookin' up some yummy stuff. Wanted to pop over and say hi! xo

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