Yaprakis Con Avas (greek Dolmades)

Yaprakis Con Avas (greek Dolmades)

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  • 1 pound lean ground meat
  • 1/4 cup washed, uncooked rice
  • 1 ts salt
  • 2 TB oil
  • grape leaves
  • 1 pound great northern beans, cleaned and soaked overnight in cold water
  • 8 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • juice of 1 lemon


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. Note: The pressure cooker version comes out with slightly tougher grape leaves.

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