OKAY. So you wouldn't BELIEVE how many tries this took for yiayia to SLOW DOWN and actually take me step by step on how to make the perfect dolmathes. Probably about 15 hours of my life BUT ITS OKAY BECAUSE, WE GOT THERE!
1 Bunch silver beet OR large Spinach leaves
1/4 cup of Dill - chopped
1 Cup parsley - chopped
1 large onion - diced
3 large garlic cloves - crushed
8 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 Cup rice
2 1/2 Cups of water
Salt & pepper to Taste
Preheat oven to 180degrees Celsius
Saute dill, parsley, onion and garlic until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups of water and rice. Leave to simmer until liquid is almost gone.
Take the pot off heat.
Cut the stems off the silver beet
Make sure you cut a triangle shape upwards - If you leave the stem, they become SUPER hard to roll!
Place leaves into a bowl and pour hot water over the top.
Work quickly, and take out the leaves one by one and hang them over the side of the bowl.
Leave 5-10 smaller leaves (these are harder to roll) and save them to place at the bottom of the dish.
Fan these leaves out at the bottom of the dish.
Using the leaves, ensure to start from the BOTTOM to the top (big to small) and the underneath of the leaf needs to be facing you.
Using a small spoon, grab some of the rice mixture and place at the bottom of the leaf.
Start to roll, as tightly as possible. roll in both sides and continue rolling until you reach the end of the leaf.
Continue to use each leaf until all the rice has been used. You'll have some left over leaves but you'll need these!
Stack the dolmathes into the oven safe container super tightly next to each-other. Stack on-top if needed!
Into a small mixing bowl, add 3/4 cup of water, 5 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 Tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper and 1 Tbsp of Olive oil. Mix together.
Any remaining leaves, place over the top of the dolmathes (just as you did at the bottom)
Pour the lemon mixture over the dolmathes and place into the oven for 45 minutes.
Turn oven off and LEAVE the tray in the oven to cool down (around an hour).
Take them out and place into a plate and EAT!
I love love love them cold, but my family likes them warm. In Greece they serve them with tzatziki, which is just extra delicious!
Hope you LOVE them!!
Love, Leah x