January 10, 2009

My First Dolma

Lookee what I did!!! I made grape leaves!!!
I found the recipe at my FAVORITE food blog, A Year Of Crockpotting. By the way, she completed the year and I MISS her daily posts!
Anyhow, I have always loved Dolmas. I used to get to eat them all the time when a worked, which seems like a lifetime ago now! A guy I worked with would bring them in all the time and mmmmm....YUMMY!
When I found THIS RECIPE, I knew I had to try them. It actually seemed pretty simple. And it actually WAS pretty simple. The hardest part for me was finding the jar of the actual grape leaves. (Those are NOT just in any supermarket! At least, not where I live...)
I am the ONLY ONE in this house that will eat them. The rest of my family gags at the very idea of taking a bite of one. To me, they are DELICIOUS! Now, I'm not really sure if they taste authentic. It's been YEARS since I've had the real ones! I can safely say that I have single-handedly eaten almost all of them myself. Besides feeling like a total glutton, I am quite pleased.
BIL mentioned that they look like wet dog poop.
You can't please everyone....

THANKS, STEPHANIE!!! Once again, you rock!


Crockpot Lady said...

oh Leann, I'm so glad you liked them! lol on your family not touching them. That's okay sometimes for moms! ;-0

Jessie said...

I saw the first picture and thought "fudge gone wrong," but then I saw what they were. Is that shit appetizing?

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this great crock pot/slow cooker dolmathes recipe.

These are heavenly bundles filled with meat and rice and wrapped in a grape leaf.

Typical great tasting Greek dish now made in a crock pot or slow cooker.

Very easy recipe to follow with delicious spectacular results.

I also made the Greek egg lemon sauce on the side, and made it thick so it stayed on the plate of dolmathes.

This meal was also served to Greek and Greek-American guests and they all raved about it because I doubled the recipe using the larger jar size for the grape leaves in brine which you can locate in any Greek food store, Greek-American food store, grocery store, or supermarket.

They are also readily available to buy on Amazon.com, and they are delicious.

Fresh grape leaves are also great if you have access to them, but I do not, so I always buy the grape leaves soaked in brine which come in the jars.

I am second generation Greek-American and a good cook of many cuisines and they taste as though I was sitting eating them in a Greek Taverna in Santorini Greece, which I visit very often.