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    Saturday, June 06, 2015

    Upside-down knuckled grape leaves recipe


    For knuckles
    1 Kilo beef knuckles, cut into 3 cm thickness
    mixed vegetable (carrot, onion, celery), cut into cubes
    4 whole cardamom pods
    2 bay leaves
    2 pieces Mastic
    salt and pepper
    1/4 cup lemon juice

    For stuffed grape leaves
    3 cups medium grain rice, washed and drained
    1 cup dill, parsley, cilantro, mint leaves, chopped
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    Salt and pepper
    1 cup tomato, chopped
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 jar grape leaves, rinsed, drained
    1 medium onion, sliced
    1 medium potato, sliced 


    - Wash knuckles with salted water, rinse and pat dry.
    - Heat around 8 cups of water, add mixed vegetables and spices, bring to a boil, and add knuckles.
    - Boil, reduce heat and skim off scum off the top.
    - Season with salt and pepper, simmer until knuckles are tender, lift, drain and let cool.
    - Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
    - Mix rice in a bowl with herbs and spice.
    - Add tomato and half the olive oil (Little amount of chopped knuckles can be added to the mixture).
    - Lay grape leaf flat on a plate (shiny side down).
    - Place about one to two teaspoon of the rice mixture near bottom of the leaf (stem end), the amount of stuffing will depend on the size of the leaves.
    - Press stuffing into a small sausage-like shape.
    - Fold the sides of the leaf over the filling toward the center, then roll up firmly but not too tight into a cylinder shape.
    - Put remaining oil in a pot, Line bottom with the sliced onion and potato.
    - Layer rolled leaves in the pot in circular way, make sure to leave a hollow space in the middle to place the knuckles.
    - Cut some knuckles into medium cubes after deboning it.
    - Distribute them between layered grape leaves.
    - Place remaining boned knuckles in the middle of the pot, make sure it?s surrounded with stuffed grape leaves.
    - Cover grape leaves and knuckles with stock and lemon juice.
    - Cook over medium heat until boiling, cover and reduce heat, simmer for about an hour or until knuckles are tender and grape leaves are cooked, serve warm.

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