Well, the smell is not great while cooking it, but once the cooking
is over, you are in for a finger licking, delicious meal that is
befitting of royalty. So treat yourself. We know you will be addicted
to this healthy, flavorful and uniquely Mediterranean meal..
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
70 leaves grape leaves
1 pound ground lamb
1/8 cup parsley finely chopped fresh
1 cup rice
Rinse rice in cold water, drain. Add all ingredients except
lemon juice and grape leaves, mix well.Wilt leaves a few at a time
by rinsing in hot water (a few at a time), be sure to cut off thick
stems. Place a heaping teaspoon of lamb/rice mixture on edge of
dull side of leaf. Begin rolling from stem end, after the first
roll fold ends in to close and finish rolling. Place a few leaves
in bottom of pan. Arrange rolls in compact rows, seam side down
Cover with water about 1/2 inch over the top. Sprinkle 1 T salt
over rolls. Place a pottery plate on top of rolls to hold in place.
Cover pan, cook on medium 20 minutes. reduce heat, add lemon juice
cook 10 more minutes. Drain most of the juice before serving.
Best way to eat: buy soft pita bread (preferably thin, from
Middle Eastern bakery/shop). Buy plain yogurt/nonfat. Cut a piece
of bread from the pita so that you can roll the bread around the
grape leaf (as in a blanket). Dip the grape leaf (and bread) in
a generous helping of yogurt bowl and eat all together like you
would eat a very small size soft tortilla shell.
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