Recipe: Lindsey’s Zucchini Dolmas

By , August 4, 2009

Zucchini Dolmas, Olives, and Tomatoes

A few days ago, I wrote about how to make your own pickled grape leaves. It’s the easiest thing ever! I love how I didn’t have to make a special trip to the store to spend $4 on a jar of grape leaves (which usually contains preservatives 🙁 ). Also, the homemade ones are lacto-fermented, meaning your body gets a nice little health boost.

As promised, here’s my recipe for Zucchini Dolmas. I love these things! I served them this past weekend, and they got rave reviews! They make for a light and refreshing summertime dish, and they help to use up that overabundance of zucchini!

Lindsey’s Zucchini Dolmas

(Makes about 24 dolmas, & can easily be made a day ahead – but not more than a day! 🙂 )

Approx. 24 pickled grape leaves (1 jar, or make your own)

2 cups grated zucchini (skin and all)

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley (measured after you chop it up)

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup olive oil

1 heaping Tablespoon dried, crushed mint leaves

Salt to taste (I usually start with 1/4 tsp and add more)

Pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl.

Lay out a grape leaf, underside up. Put a small spoonful of filling at the base of the leaf (you’ll get a feel for the amount). Fold up the bottom edges of the leaf, then fold in each side. Roll it up, tucking the edge of the leaf underneath. There you go! Isn’t it cute?

Place a spoonful of filling onto the base of the leaf...

Place a spoonful of filling onto the base of the leaf...

Fold up the bottom edges...

Fold up the bottom edges...

Fold in one side...

Fold in one side...

Fold in the other side...

Fold in the other side...

Roll up, tucking the edge of the leaf underneath. Voila!

Roll up, tucking the edge of the leaf underneath. Voila!

2 Responses to “Recipe: Lindsey’s Zucchini Dolmas”

  1. Lucille says:

    Just a short question. after you roll the dolmas’ up, do you cook or steam them at all?

  2. Lindsey says:

    Hi Lucille,
    Nope! You just eat them rolled up, just like that. The pickling process (for the grape leaves) makes them much more tender than the actual fresh grape leaf off the vine, so there’s no need to cook it at all.

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