Stuffed Grape Leaves and Grecian Lemon Sauce

Tiffany Bannworth

By
@MissAnubis

Take a tour of the Mediterranean with these Stuffed Grape Leaves.

Soon I will add my recipe of Italian Stuffed Grape Leaves with Zesty Italian Sausage to use your other half of the jar of grape leaves.


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Serves:
10-12
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

1/2 jar(s)
large grape leave (devein by hand)

GRAPE LEAVE FILLING

2 c
brown rice, quinoa, or couscous (uncooked)
1 c
kalamata olives, pitted
1/2-1 lb
meat (lamb, quail, even chicken, pork, or beef)
1 Tbsp
chinese five spice
3/4 c
pine nuts or almonds
salt and pepper to taste

GRECIAN LEMON SAUCE

1 stick
butter
1/2 c
flour
3 c
milk
1
lemon, sliced
1
bay leaf
1
anise star
1/2 c
white wine
1 tsp
dill
1 tsp
rosemary
1 tsp
thyme
1 tsp
tarragon
salt and pepper to taste

Step-By-Step

1Remove grape leaves from jar. Place on a flat surface. Toward the bottom of the leaf, remove the thick, fibrous stem and vein. Discard stem etc. Set leaves aside.
2For grape leaf filling, place all ingredients in a pot with enough water to cook quinoa/rice/couscous. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover.
3When both grain and meat are cooked, remove meat and debone. Then place meat back in and put entire mix into the food processor. Give a quick rough chop. Set aside temporarily.
4To start sauce, melt butter in sauce pan then add flour to make your roux. Stir.
5Add milk, lemon, bay leaf, and anise star. Cook over a medium to low heat, covered. Stirring occasionally while you roll grape leaves.
6In a side dish, combine white wine and dry herbs. Set aside.
7Preheat over to 325.
8To roll grape leave, place a large spoon full in the center in a rectangular shape, fold in sides, then roll from top of the leave to bottom. Place in a casserole dish sprayed with olive oil. Continue until all filling is finished.
9Back to lemon sauce, your sauce should be thickened now. Remove anise star, lemon, and bay leaf. Pour in wine/herbs and whisk thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
10Pour sauce over grape leaves. Optionally place lemons from pot atop. This will make it taste zest heavy.
11Place in over for 20 minutes. Then serve.
12I like to serve this with my other two recipes.

"Mediterranean Fruit" Spiced Applesauce
Baked Tandoori Lentils

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