Tested till perfect Couscous Dolmades with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
Couscous Dolmades with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Couscous Dolmades with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

A delicious twist on a Greek favourite, this hors d'oeuvre uses couscous in place of rice. Grape leaves are available at Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian and most supermarkets. Serve warm or at room temperature along with olives.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: August 2005

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  • Portion size 20


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupwhole wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupcurrantcurrants
  • 20 20drained bottled grape leafgrape leaves
  • 6 oz 6ozlean ground beef or lean ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuppine nutpine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh dill or fresh mint
  • 2 tsp 2tspgrated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 1 cup 1cupsodium-reduced chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • Lemon Yogurt Sauce recipe
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In large heatproof bowl, combine couscous and currants. Pour in 1/2 cup (125 mL) boiling water; cover and let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Let cool.

Meanwhile, rinse grape leaves; remove tough stems.

Add beef, pine nuts, dill, mint, lemon rind, salt and pepper to couscous; mix with fork to combine. Roll by 2 tbsp (25 mL) into cigar shapes, pressing lightly to hold together. Place in centre of grape leaf; fold in sides of leaf and roll up tightly.

Place snugly in single layer, seam side down, in 11- x 7-inch (2 L) glass baking dish. Pour in chicken stock; cover and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 1 hour. Serve hot or cold with Lemon Yogurt Sauce for dipping. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional Information Per piece: about

cal 63 pro 3g total fat 3g sat. fat 1g
carb 6g fibre 2g chol 7mg sodium 227mg

% RDI:

calcium 2 iron 5 vit A 1 vit C 7
folate 3
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