Monday, July 20, 2009

Dolmathes with Avgolemono Sauce

For about 25 stuffed grape leaves:

Prepare Grape Leaves:
take smaller, tender leaves from vine, wash and par-boil for about 2 1/2 minutes, remove from water gently, rinse in cool water, remove stems.
I did this the day before and wrapped the leaves in damp papertowles and set in a refrigerator container. If you choose to use a jar grape leaves, rinse very well.

1/2 pound ground meat - I used beef not lamb 1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 C uncooked long grain rice 1 egg white (reserve yolk for sauce)
1/4 C finely chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste
1 juice of 1 lemon 1 beef bouillon cube
1 Cup hot water

Mix together above ingredients (except grape leaves). Place teaspoon amount of filling onto leaf and roll, *explanation below. Fit snugly into a pan and place a heat resistant plate over top to keep the rolls into place and from opening while cooking.
Heat 1 Cup Water, Add the juice of 1 lemon and beef bullion cube. Pour into pan, over rolls, adding enough extra hot water to cover plate. Cover pan, bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes.

To Finish:
Once cooked, take off heat, hold plate tightly against the leaves and pour liquid into sauce pan. Dissolve cornstarch into cold water as listed below, and add to liquid in saucepan. Whisk and bring to boil. Beat yolks. Stirring constantly, very gradually add the thickened liquid to the yolks. Stir well. Serve stuffed leaves on a platter with sauce

2 tsp corn starch
1/4 C cold water
2 beaten egg yolks

*To Roll Grape Leaves
If you think of the grape leaf as a star shape, you would fill, fold in bottom points, side points and then tip of star.
Place leaf shiny side down. Place 1tsp. full of filling about 1 inch from stem end of leaf, fold up once from one side of stem end towards center, fold other side of stem end towards center, fold in each side and then fold down top point. I am sure there are video or photo demonstrations in other websites to be found.

If you have any left over meat mixture, make steamed meatball with them and serve with the sauce. MY 6 year old wasn't thrilled with the idea of eating grape leaves, but loved the meatballs!

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