Stuffed vine leaves
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Stuffed vine leaves with minced meat recipe

Author: Petro

Ingredients

  • 750 gr = 1.5 oz minced mixture of beef and pork
  • an egg
  • 2 Tablespoons rice
  • 40-50 vine leaves depending on their size
  • A bunch of green onions
  • dill parsley to taste
  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • Salt Pepper, Paprika to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons Olive or sunflower oil

Instructions

  • Drain vine leaves
  • Mix green onions and herbs in a mixing device.
  • Mix meat with all the herbs, add pepper, paprika and salt.
  • Add the washed rice and the egg and knead the composition well.
  • When all ingredients are well-mixed, bring the drained leaves, put about a teaspoon meat mixture in the middle and start making rolls
  • Don't roll the leaves too tight
  • Tuck in the ends
  • Put a little oil in a crock pot (if you can use a dutch oven instead of a regular pot the recipe will taste fabulous!)
  • Place some leaves at the bottom of the pot then put a layer of stuffed vine rolls
  • Put some tomato paste in between the rolls and gradually place more layers in circles until all rolls are in
  • Finally, pour a cup of tomato juice and water to cover all layers
  • Cook over very low heat with a lid on, for about 2 hours
  • Turn off heat and leave the rolls in a few more minutes before serving
  • They are really delicious with sour cream or yogurt, pickled chilli and polenta.