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"Tasty and original Greek recipe, the Dolmades! "

This modern and gourmet version of tzatziki will bring a touch of refinement and sweetness to your meals. Enjoy this blend of creamy and crispy flavors in the company of your loved ones and taste this delicious dip with Mediterranean accents.

Ingredients

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1 cup of white rice

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2 cup of water

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1/2 cup chopped onions

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3 cloves of garlic, chopped

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2 chopped shallots

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1 tablespoon of honey

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1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

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1/4 lemon juice

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20 to 25 vine leaves

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3 cups of vegetable broth

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Salt

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Pepper

Instructions

1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

2. Add the onion, garlic and shallots and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until translucent and lightly browned.

3. Add the honey and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, stirring constantly, until the onions are caramelized.

4. Add the rice and fry for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the grains are coated with oil and lightly browned.

5. Add 2 cups of water, parsley, mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked and most of the water has been absorbed.

6. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

7. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

8. Place a grape leaf on a flat surface, shiny side down, tip toward you. Place a spoonful of rice in the center of the vine leaf.

9. Fold the bottom of the grape leaf over the rice, then fold the sides inward. Then roll the vine leaf tightly to form a small bundle. Repeat with the other vine leaves and the rest of the rice.

10. Arrange the dolmades in a baking dish, pressing them tightly against each other.

11. Add enough water to cover the dolmades and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

12. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the dolmades are cooked and tender.

13. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Dolmades can be served hot, warm or cold, accompanied by tzatziki sauce or yogurt sauce.11

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