Tips to prepare perfect stuffed vine leaves
Vine leaves are a classic dish served among the mouthwatering Arabic appetizers or main dishes. If you think that rolling vine leaves is such a hard task especially when it’s your first time, we will try to ease up the process through simple and easy steps.
Step 1: Fresh vs preserved
Depending on your preferences, you can cook this delicious dish with fresh or preserved vine leaves. If you choose using fresh leaves, you better boil them for 3-5 minutes until they soften. This way, they will be more pliable and easier to roll. However, if preserved leaves end up to be your choice, just soak them in water for 10 minutes then wash them to get rid of preservatives.
Step 2: prepare the leaves
So you boiled or soaked your vine leaves. Now just break them apart and put them aside to ease up the process. Spread the leaves on your working space, soft shiny side down. Spread it well and trim the stem with a sharp knife.
Step 3: Stuff it just right
Depending on your preferences, you can either stuff vine leaves with a vegetarian rice and vegetables filling or a meaty rice and lamb meat filling. You can easily mix your ingredients in Masterchef Gourmet in no time! When your filling is ready, place a spoonful in the center of each leaf.
Step 4: Get to rolling!
Roll your leaves just right. Fold the lower section over the filling. Repeat with the right and left side to cover the filling completely. Start rolling towards the top, keeping the filling pressed. But make sure the rolling is not too tight because the rice will expand while cooking.
Step 5: Prepare for cooking
In the bottom of your pot, align some potato and tomato slices so that your rolled vine leaves won’t stick to the bottom. Tuck the vine leaves rolls well and top with a heavy dish so they won’t unravel while cooking.
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