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Old 06-28-2011, 04:29 PM   #11
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Make stuffed grape leaves.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:04 PM   #12
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My mom used to blanch them in salt water before bundling them and freezing them.
That's basically what I do. I separate them with waxed paper.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:19 PM   #13
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That's basically what I do. I separate them with waxed paper.
I believe my sister just stacks them and rolls them like a cigar then wraps and freezes.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:55 PM   #14
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Dolmadakia - little cute stuffed leaves, in Greek
I love making these! They are SOOOO good and you can change them up in so many ways!
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:30 PM   #15
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Hmm. Got wild grapes all over here, will hafta get me some leaves!
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Interesting discussion. I wanted to find out more. It prompted me having a discussion with my Armenian hubby from Turkey about sarma and dolma. I've never made the stuffed grape leaves at home, but have made stuffed zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, etc. which he calls dolmas. I'm not fond of the bitterness of the grape leaves, so I neither make them nor eat them.

Andy - was your Armenian family displaced from Turkey before coming to the US? Dh was saying that sarma is a Turkish term meaning "wrap" and dolma means (in Turkish) something "stuffed" or "filled".

We have his mother's recipe for stuffed grape leaves. It's in Turkish, and my Turkish is only O.K., so I'll have him give me a translation of it before I post it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:14 PM   #17
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Here are some links about preserving grape leaves:

Kalofagas - Greek Food & Beyond by Peter Minakis: Preserving Grape Vine Leaves

How To Prepare Grape Leaves For Dolmades (Ampelofylla Yia Ntolmades) - Greek Recipes

Preserving fresh grape leaves: a tasty endeavor, or "bad news bears"? - One Block Diet - Sunset.com
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...Andy - was your Armenian family displaced from Turkey before coming to the US? Dh was saying that sarma is a Turkish term meaning "wrap" and dolma means (in Turkish) something "stuffed" or "filled"...
No, they were driven out of Armenia and traveled around the region until they were able to manage coming over to America. My Armenian is a little rusty so I'll take your DH's word for the translations.
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No, they were driven out of Armenia and traveled around the region until they were able to manage coming over to America. My Armenian is a little rusty so I'll take your DH's word for the translations.
Well, he was just saying the words are the same in Turkish and Armenian and wasn't sure if your family was from within Turkey or not. His family was driven out during the genocide, too, and settled in Istanbul.

I found his mother's recipe for stuffed grape leaves. There are a couple of terms I'm not sure about, but will post the recipe when he can translate it for me. I wish I could get fresh grape leaves for him to make this dish. He so loves it.

Does it require a certain variety of grape for making this? We just buy them in the jar from the ME grocery.
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My grape vines are wild grapes. I don't think it matters, you just want them tender.
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