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Video:How to Make Greek Dolmades

with Manolis

Dolmades might be one of the most well-known and popular Greek dishes, and it's a great snack to keep around the house. Get an authentic recipe for Greek dolmades in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Greek Dolmades

Hi, I am Manolis from Manolis Taverna, Canterbury, UK, and I am here for About.com to tell you how to make Greek Dolmades.

Ingredients for Greek Dolmades

We are going to need dolmades, tomatoes, onion, parsley, olive oil, coriander, carrot, cumin, celery, salt, rice, dried peppermint, minced beef and pepper mill. We use 2.2 pounds of minced meat, but you can adjust it to your needs by reducing the amount. You just follow our recipe and use less carrot, less celery, less of everything.

How to Make the Filling for Dolmades

Now we are going to put everything together. Onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes, parsley, coriander, cumin, salt, mint, rice, and olive oil. And pepper mill. Be generous, that will make them very tasty. When you mix the ingredients without the meat, you will make vegetarian dolmades. And now we are ready to mix. We have to mix it very well, so all the ingredients can blend together.

How to Fill a Dolma

Now we are ready to roll. A little bit of your mixture in the middle of each one of them, and then we have to roll. You pick up one edge of the one leaf, you roll it forwards, then the sides inside and then the other side inwards. It is very important the vine leaves be blunched in hot water and then rinsed really well. And now you have a dolma.

How to Cook Dolmades

You can continue rolling on top of them. Put them on a gas flame. Pour hot water until you cover them. Then place a plate. Very important: a plate on top of them. And they have to cook for two hours on a low flame. You keep checking your water, if you need more water, because, do not forget, rice absorbs water, you add a bit more water.

And that is how we serve it in our restaurant, with a bit of Tsatsiki.

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