Vegan Dolmas
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Preparing these in advance, and serving them up with a platter of olives, hummus, babaganoush, and tomato stewed green beans will offer a flavorful spread (with a cool theme!) that is open to most special diets, from vegan to gluten-free.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, minced
  • ¾ cup uncooked rice
  • 5 to 6 sundried tomatoes, minced
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (an omit for nut-free)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoon minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 ounces grape leaves
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  1. Heat the 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and ⅜ cup water.
  4. Bring this to a simmer, and cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid.
  5. Stir the dill and parsley into the partially cooked rice.
  6. Unfold the grape leaves. If the grape leaves are very briny, rinse them with water.
  7. Boil the grape leaves enough water to cover them by at least 3 inches for about 5 minutes. Remove and let them cool.
  8. Place 1 tablespoon filling along one side of a leaf. Fold over the sides, the roll the leaf into a tight cigar shape. If there are tears in the leaf, you can shore them with other grape leaves. Repeat this with the filling and the other leaves.
  9. Place a layer of leaves in the bottom of a pot. Place the stuffed grape leaves tightly in the pot.
  10. Add 1 cup water to the pot and place the pot over medium-low heat. Place a plate on top of the stuffed grape leaves to keep them from unfurling. Cook the stuffed grape leaves for 20 minutes.
  11. Add in 1 ½ cups additional hot water and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  12. Drizzle the lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoon olive oil on the finished grape leaves.
  13. Remove them and allow them to come to room temperature.
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