Lahanodolmades me Avgolemono is a delicious and rustic Greek dish featuring soft cabbage leaves stuffed with ground meat and rice drizzled in an egg-lemon sauce.
Here is a family recipe that makes around 50 pieces.
- 1 x kilo beef or pork mince
- 1 x large green cabbage
- 1 x large Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 2 x eggs
- 1/2 x cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1 x cup rice
- 1/4 x cup olive oil, extra for drizzling
- 2 x cups water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 x lemons, juiced
-Start by preparing the cabbage. Discard the outer leaves of the cabbage and cut off the stem. Place in a large, deep pot with water and bring to a boil. Blanch cabbage until soft. Set aside and allow to cool. When cool, open up each leaf and set it aside.
- In the meantime, place mince, rice, onion, parsley and olive oil in a large bowl and mix with hands until all ingredients are well combined. Add salt and pepper, mix again and set aside.
- Layer the bottom of a large pot with the removed thick leaves of the cabbage.
- One by one, begin making your dolmades by taking about one tablespoon of the mince mixture and placing it on the cabbage leaf towards the stalk end of the leaf. Firmly roll the stalk end over the mixture, tuck in the sides and roll up completely.
– Place each dolmades into a large casserole dish. Repeat this process until you have used up all the mince mixture and ensure you place dolmades close together in layers, so they don’t unravel while cooking.
– Season with salt and pepper, add 2 x cups water and drizzle with olive oil.
– Place a plate on top of the dolmades to weigh them down and cover with a lid.
– Cook on medium heat for about an hour or until mince and rice is cooked and set aside with the lid still on.
– To make your avgolemono (egg lemon sauce) whisk two eggs with lemon juice. Take some of the juice from the casserole and mix it in; continue whisking for a couple of minutes.
– Pour avgolemono over dolmades and serve.
*Recipe and image by flavours and flair