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Best raw recipe I've made so far... Raw Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Well I have to say this was so far the most delicious thing I have ever eaten, at least in recent memory. My kid loved it too and swore it tasted like there was meat in it (I didn't think it tasted like meat, but kind of like taking a bite out of heaven :D). Neither of us had ever tasted a parsnip before, but it was quite good even before I put it into the recipe. I think I will have to double or triple this next time.


Raw Dolmas

10 brined grape leaves

>>Rinse, soak 2 hours in spring or filtered water, then pat dry

2 cups peeled, cored, chopped parsnip (About one large parsnip)
>>Put in food processor or blender until it is rice-like, set aside in bowl

1/4 cup raw pine nuts
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 of a lemon, juiced (save peel)
>>Put in blender until creamy then mix into the parsnip mixture by hand

1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1.5 tsp unrefined sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
zest from 1/2 of a lemon
>>Mix by hand into the parsnip mixture

To fill the dolmas, place grape leaf stem side up (ie, reverse side up), put a dollop of mixture near the bottom, then fold up like a cigar, tucking in the sides as you go.

Adapted from Raw by Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein

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Comment by JEZ on September 3, 2011 at 6:48pm
oooh thanks for sharing Basil!  I love to Sarma so I will have a go at it this way. :)
Comment by Jerrilynne Atkins on September 3, 2011 at 12:15pm
This sounds wonderful!  I'll have to try it.  I was riding my bike a couple of weeks ago, and noticed some grapevines that were growing over the fence of someone's backyard near the bike path.  Hmmm, I'll just have to go over there later and pick a few leaves, me thinks.  ;D
Comment by Kimberly RT(T) on September 3, 2011 at 6:30am
This recipe is going to be on my mind until I can try it!
Comment by angela usher on September 3, 2011 at 5:34am

Must try this recipe Basil sounds sooo good : )

Parsnip and apples make good juice....just a plug for the humble old parsnip : )

Comment by Fullheart on September 3, 2011 at 12:26am
Sounds fantastic! I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing . im now drooling :)........
Comment by channa brennon on September 2, 2011 at 11:00pm
ok all these comments are just making me more and more hungry !  im going to go to sleep dreaming of raw dolmas.....
Comment by Treesa on September 2, 2011 at 10:58pm
Awesome. Thanks for posting this, Basil. I have grapes in my backyard so I will have to make this for my hubby! Then again it's hard to make yummy stuff for dh when I am on a cleanse, hum, to make or not to much do I love him is the question? [lol]  Ok, Ok, I'll make it for him, hehe!
Comment by Rawkstar Mom on September 2, 2011 at 10:07pm
those look deeeeelish!
Comment by Basil on September 2, 2011 at 9:41pm
You're not spamming silly :)
Comment by L. on September 2, 2011 at 9:38pm
Very good to know.  Sorry for totally spamming your blog post >.<  Thanks so much!!! :)

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