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Stuffed Vine Leaves

Chef Rami Aboumrad,
Baraka Pita Bakery & Mediterranean Deli

At markets year-round in pickled form, these grape leaves flourish on Winnipeg vines during summer months. The unique texture and briny flavour of these sleek packages give way to refreshing, citrus-noted stuffing.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups white rice
warm water
1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe tomatoes, minced
1 bunch green onions, minced
1 bunch fresh parsely, minced
1 tsp dried mint
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup canola oil
1 litre jar of grape leaves, rinsed

Method
1. In a medium-sized bowl, soak rice in warm water for 5 mins. Strain.
2. Add tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, pepper, salt, lemon juice and oil to rice. Mix together.
3. Spread grape leaves out on a flat surface.
4. Place 1 Tbsp of fillling in the centre of each leaf and wrap burrito-style.
5. Place in large saucepan, add water to cover. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, simmer for 30-45 mins until rice is cooked.
6. Serve hot or cold with tzatziki.

Yield 8-10 servings

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