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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Slow Stuffed Grape Leaves

Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker (p. 20) I followed the recipe to a "TTT" - & tripled it!

This is the group of lucky dolmas going to the party. I sharpied a post-it for the dish that said "Vegan Stuffed Grape Leaves". I was little shy -- wondering if the crowd would go for the crackers + dip and cookies on the buffet --- or, turn a 180* and go for these very green & healthy morsels....

Here's 3 batches of dolmas (about 50) -- stuffed, wrapped, & ready for the Slow Cooker. It took a while to prepare, but well worth it. They vanished quickly at the party, and I felt a sense of victory for Veganism. It wasn't that people were starving, either, because there was plenty of left-overs of the junk food. They liked them. They really, really liked them!
These were the perfect party pleasing appetizer.

for change.


Blogger Ruthie said...

I have the same sticker! :) I put it on my squash.

Go voting!

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for voting! :)

I love the grape leaves idea for a party!!!! I would love to do that for the holidays. I appreciate the link to the cookbook! I will have to pick up a copy of that!!

I think you should feel victorious for your creation!!! It's nice to see people walk past the junk and love your vegan food!! :)

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

Those grape leaves look amazing. I wish you could send some my way. I bet they were fantastic. Yum!!!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made grape leaves a while back and it would have been nice to use a slow cooker! They look wonderful and *are* great finger foods for a party.

I voted too (of course), but your sticker is way better.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love dolmas. Marty was never a fan though so I only eat them when we go out. So glad to hear they were a huge hit! Maybe I'll make up a batch the next time I go to a party.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what's putting a bigger smile on my face right now- your wonderful dolmas, or the wonderful election results that we all contributed to!

So all I can say is: woo hoo!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those dolmas look awesome! I have always wanted to make them at home.

oh, and YAY for voting!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolmas, how I've missed you!

If I had been there, I probably would have tried to 'secretly' smuggle them all out with me.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep..I am w/ Nikki..I would have been STUFFING my purse for later.. bad me!
your awesome Vicki! pat yourself on the back!

4:15 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I voted too!! :)


9:49 PM  
Anonymous Tania said...

I've never had grape leaves.. they look good but.. I have no idea what they taste like lol and I cant see what's in them. Sounds like they were good though :-)

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Wow - your dolmas look great!
I have that cookbook, too and have a few questions for you -
1 - What size slow cooker do you have?
2 - Was one jar of grape leaves enough for the triple batch?
3 - What did YOU think about them? I have made a few misses from that book but overall I enjoy it.

As for voting, the # of Repubs stayed the same here in Florida, even the Governor (boo-hoo), but I am very excited for our country about the overall results!
Yay for change!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You keep making me want to get this cook book Vicki!
Good for you for voting!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi ruthie: thanks for the blogger's election listing and visit. cute squash!

hi crystal: i was never a dolmas fan in the past, but these were tender and yummy.

woo hoo to you too, bazu! :o)

hi tania: these were stuffed with basmatti rice, pine nuts, onion, parsley, & some seasonings. try them out at a Greek restaurant.

hi caroline:
mine is a 6 quart crockpot.
one jar of grapeleaves was more than enough for 3 batches -- you could probably get 4 batches from a 16 oz. jar. i really liked the dolmas. the crockpot made the grape leaves more tender & moist than usual -- the fillin was basic & flavorful.
this was my second recipe from the cookbook -- pleased with each. which ones were misses for you?

thanks for your visit and comment, everybody! :o)

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vicki, I can see the masses loving those grape leaves the moment you put them down! Awesome work. I recently rolled my first leaf, too, randomly enough!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks amazing you did a super job!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - CafĂ© Cyan said...

You guys have cool "I Voted" stickers. We still have the plain red ones.

Holy lots of stuffed grape leaves!!


7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a sticker since I'm Canadian but I vote for Dolmas !
Love dolmas !

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I can see why everyone loved them, thy look terrific and I am sure they tasted the same.

It was wonderful to see everyone in the US go and vote this time. Fabulous results, the World cheered :)

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a whole lotta' dolmades--for a whole lotta' celebrating!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only tried a dolma once- but it wasn't authentic at all (and it was super oily). I've always wanted to try them again, because I think that I would like the real authentic ones. Either way I'm always happy for a victory in veganism.

I voted too- if only it was a victory for me in the political sphere. It's seriously embarassing to have Schwartzennager as a governor. Oh well.


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Blogger Geraldine said...

Yummmm...these look delicious, Id like one right now!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

i voted too.

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My husband is greek and I love Dolmathes! I wish your recipe was posted ;0(

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