Salmon wrapped in grape leaves

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Stuffed grape leaves, or Dolmades, are delicious little bundles filled with rice and ground meat.  The name comes from the Turkish word “dolma” which means stuffed.  I prefer the vegetarian variety filled with rice, shredded vegetables and sometimes pine nuts.  I’ve never thought of eating a leaf before I tried the stuffed grape leaves but this particular leaf is really tasty.  And let’s face it, anything that I can tie to wine is ok in my book.

In fact, I prepared the dish I’m sharing here for a wine tasting dinner party I hosted.  I decorated  with grapes and grape leaves so I thought it quite appropriate to serve grape leaves as a part of the meal.  Even the appetizers were in theme as I made my roasted grape bruschetta.  Ok, I’ll admit it, I was proud of myself about this meal.  And like I always say, it’s not bragging if it’s true!

It sounds a bit intimidating but the method is really easy and the meal comes together quickly as fish is a quick cooking meal.  Serve it with a simple rice or grain and a vegetable and it’s a beautiful dinner.  Plus, it looks fancy; your guests will think you’re very gourmet!

Salmon wrapped in grape leaves
 
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A unique presentation and the best part is it's very easy to prepare.
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Recipe type: What's for dinner, fish
Cuisine: seafood
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Four 6-8 ounce salmon filets
  • 8-12 large grape leaves in brine - I buy mine in a jar at my local supermarket
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped dill (or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed)
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon filets in a shallow dish or pie plate.
  3. Rub the fish with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the dill, lemon pepper and salt to taste.
  4. Let the fish stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse and drain the grape leaves to remove the brine.
  6. Pat the grape leaves dry with a towel.
  7. Place 2-3 overlapping grape leaves on your work surface.
  8. Place one salmon filet in the middle of the grape leaves.
  9. Wrap it by first bringing up the bottom end, then wrap the sides in toward the center and roll the salmon up like a burrito.
  10. Place the wrapped fish onto a nonstick baking sheet that's been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  11. Lightly brush the tops of the grape leaves with olive oil (just a bit).
  12. Bake for 10 minutes.
  13. Serve hot on top of the rice or grain of your choice.

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