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DolmasGreek Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice and Herbs

Courtesy of Saveur

Dolmakadia, the Greek word for stuffed grape leaves, is one of the most iconic recipes of Greek cuisine and, although there are many varieties, the meatless version is the most common. In the warmer months, try to find and use fresh grape leaves; they are more tender and flavorful than the jarred types. Out of season, jarred leaves are a fine substitute (we prefer the Orlando brand).

SERVES 6-8 PEOPLE

Ingredients

60-70 fresh grape leaves or one 16-oz jar, drained grape leaves, stems removed
34 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
1 large white onion, diced (2 cups)
4 large spring onions or 8 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced (1 ½ cups)
13 cups finely shopped fresh dill (3 oz.)
23 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (3 oz.)
1 cup finely chopped fresh mint (2 oz.)
34 cups (12 ¼ oz.) short grain rice, soaked in cool water for 10 minutes, then drained)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, plus a few lemon wedges for serving
Plain Greek yogurt, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Fill a large bowl 23 of the way with ice water.
Add the grape leaves to the boiling water and cook until tenderized, 2 minutes. Remove the leaves using a slotted spoon or small strainer and transfer to the ice water. Once cooled, strain the leaves, and pat dry using a clean towel. Set aside.
Set a large skillet over medium heat and add ¼ cup of the oil. Once hot, add the white onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, 5 minutes. Add the spring onions, dill, parsley, and mint and continue cooking until the onion is completely soft and somewhat translucent, 3-4 minutes more. Add the rice and 1 teaspoon kosher salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Set aside until fully cooled.
Line the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven with 3 layers of grape leaves (these will prevent the dolmakadia from scorching later).
Working one at a time, place the remaining leaves, bottom-sides up with the points facing you. Place a generous tablespoon of filling in the center of each leaf, then fold the left and right sides over the filling. Fold the tip of the leaf over the filling, then roll tightly to make a roughly 2-inch by 12–inch cigar shape. Place the roll, seam side down, in the lined pot. Continue with the remaining leaves and filling, placing them tightly together in the pot and continuing onto a second layer as necessary.
Place the pot on the stove and add 1 13 cups boiling water, the lemon juice, and the remaining ½ cup of oil. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and cover the pan; cook until the rice is tender and the leaves are very tender, about 45 minutes.
Remove the pot and let cool. Serve the dolmakadia at room temperature or chilled, drizzled with olive oil and alongside lemon wedges for squeezing and Greek yogurt for dipping or topping.

 

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Recipe courtsey of Sauver  Featured in: Eating Israel with Michael Solomonov

SERVES 4-6

 

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower (about 2 14 lbs.), leaves intact
12 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. sweet paprika
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, stemmed, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise
1 lemon, halved
12 cup tahini
Cilantro leaves, to garnish

Instructions

Heat the oven to 400°. On a cutting board, quarter the cauliflower, leaving the core and leaves intact. Transfer the quarters to a large bowl and rub with the olive oil, salt, turmeric, paprika, garlic, and jalapeño. Arrange the cauliflower on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until tender at the core and lightly browned on the outside, about 45 minutes. Heat the broiler and broil the cauliflower until lightly charred on the top, 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove the cauliflower from the broiler and transfer to a serving dish. Squeeze the lemon halves over the cauliflower, covering them in the juice, and drizzle with the tahini. Garnish the cauliflower with cilantro and serve while hot.

 

Honey-Dijon Chicken Paillards with Zucchini Slaw  Courtesy of My Recipes website

“Paillard” is a French term for any cut of meat that’s been sliced or pounded thin, a brilliant shortcutting technique for plump chicken breasts.

 Ingredients
         2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large red sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly slice
  • 1 large yellow sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, finely snipped

  • Preparation  5 m

  • Ready In   20 m

  1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sweet peppers; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in zucchini and asparagus. Cook and stir for 6 to 7 minutes or just until asparagus is tender.
  2. Stir in garlic, salt and black pepper; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add butter and thyme, stirring just until combined. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of Eating Well

 

Nutrition:

Serving size: ¾ cup

  • Per serving: 75 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 4mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,695 IU vitamin A; 172 mg vitamin C; 25 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 90mg sodium; 366 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (287% daily value), Vitamin A (34% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, 1 fat
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