Sunday, March 16, 2014
Yaprakis con avas (Greek Dolmades)
1 lb lean ground meat 1/4 cup washed, uncooked rice 1 ts salt 2 TB oil grape leaves 1 lb great northern beans, cleaned and soaked overnight in cold water 8 oz can tomato sauce 1 ts salt 1/4 cup oil juice of 1 lemon
Procedures : Mix first four ingredients. Mold into tiny cigar shapes. Roll each securely in a grape leaf. (Roll up once or twice from the bottom of the leaf, fold in the sides, and then roll the rest of the way. Don't roll too tight: the rice will expand some.) Place half of the beans in pressure cooker or large heavy pot with cover. Lay yaprakis on top in one closely-packed layer. Place rest of beans on top. Into water from beans put tomato sauce, salt, oil. Pour carefully into pot. Water should be 1""-1 1/2"" higher than beans. Invert a china plate on top. Cover. In pressure cooker, cook 1 hour. In pot, cook 3 1/2 hours. When beans are tender as butter, squeeze juice of one lemon over all. Serve with rice"