Gwen Baker UK SAP HCM Consultant
Food
Stuffed Grape Leaf Salad

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Servings:

Greek

Side Dish

Rice

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

1 cup long rain white rice

1 cup brown lentils

sea salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper to taste

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FOR THE SALAD DRESSING

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 cup lemon juice

freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

sea salt to taste, about 1/2 teaspoon

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1 jar grape leaves in brine, (15 oz.

jar)

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Cook the rice as per package directions.

Simmer the lentils until tender, for about 35 minutes, and drain well.

Combine hot rice and lentils in a mixing bowl and toss well to combine thoroughly.

Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside to cool a little.

Make the dressing: Whisk all dressing ingredients together.

While the rice and lentil mixture is still warm, add in 1/2 cup of dressing, toss well, and set aside.

Remove grape leaves from the jar and unroll.

Select whole undamaged leaves, and use them to line a bundt pan.

Start on the bottom and lay the leaves up the sides and middle, overlapping leaves to cover all exposed areas of the pan (see photo for guidance).

The jar of leaves will contain about 50-60 leaves, depending on the leaf size, so even if some are torn or damaged, there will be enough for the recipe.

Add another 1/2 cup of dressing to the salad and toss to distribute.

Add feta cheese.

(If the salad is hotter than lukewarm, wait until it cools a little more before adding the cheese.

)Reserve 1 cup of the filling, and spoon the rest evenly into the grape leaf-lined bundt pan.

It will fill it about halfway.

Add a few more grape leaves on top, bring in the leaves from the sides and tuck in.

Press gently to level it out.

Place plastic wrap on top of the leaves and weight down with several lemons, eggs, or small oranges - nothing too heavy (see photo for guidance), and refrigerate overnight.

To unmold, remove weights and plastic wrap, and place a serving plate over the mold.

Invert.

If any leaves stick out, just tuck them in.

Spoon the reserved cup of filling into the center of the wreath, and garnish decoratively, if desired.

In the photo, Chef Mitzewich chose fresh oregano leaves and a tomato rose.

Serve with any remaining dressing on the side.