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Dolmas | Mountain Cravings


Mountain Cravings
Our sprawling Italian family, an enormous Arabic feast, and a recipe for juicy, lemony dolmas!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 20 dolmas
Calories 181 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 yellow onion finely minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 T. salt
  • 1 T. dried mint
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 T. pepper
  • 16 oz. jarred grape leaves
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 cups beef stock


  • Mix together the lamb, rice, onion, olive oil, salt, and spices.
  • Rinse the grape leaves and separate in a colander. Place 2 grape leaves stem-side up on a cutting board, overlapping one-third of the leaves.
  • Place 2-3 tablespoons of filling on the edge of one leaf and roll, folding in the sides. Repeat with the remaining grape leaves and filling.
  • Arrange dolmas in a single tight layer in a large pot. Cut the lemons in half and set on top.
  • Cover dolmas with beef stock and simmer until the rice is soft, about 30 minutes.