Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lam Racks

Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lam Racks
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  • CourseMezza appetizers
  • CuisineLebanese
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 120 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 120 minutes
Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lam Racks
Print Recipe
  • CourseMezza appetizers
  • CuisineLebanese
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 120 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 120 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
To Brown the Lamb Racks:
  1. Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot, at least 2 minutes. Meanwhile, pat lamb dry and rub meat all over with salt and pepper. Add oil to hot skillet, then brown racks, in 2 batches if necessary, on all sides (not ends), about 10 minutes per batch.
  2. Transfer 2 browned racks aside for later preparation.
To prepare the filling:
  1. Combine raw minced lamb, rice, parsley, mint, oil, spices and salt in a medium bowl until well combined.
To assemble the grape leaves:
  1. If using fresh leaves, bring a pan of salted water to a boil, add the leaves, and blanch for 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and put them in a sieve to cool. If using leaves preserved in brine, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain, and pat dry with paper towels (if needed).
  2. Lay 1 grape leaf flat on a work surface or a flat, put a spoonful of the filling on top, fold the sides and carefully roll up the leaf into a cigar shape. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling until 40 leaves have been used.
  3. Put the remaining unrolled leaves in the bottom of a large pan, then 2 pieces of brown racks. Place about half of the stuffed grape leaves in one tight layer in the pan, then put the other 2 brown racks in the middle. Make other layers of grape leaves.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt (to taste). Position a plate snugly on top of the leaves and pour in 1 cup of boiling water to cover.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 50 - 60 minutes. Carefully lift out the grape leaf rolls with a slotted spoon and serve warm in a round shaped plate.
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