Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton
Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours
Yield
Serves 8

Our variation on dolmas (think Mediterranean spring rolls) bundles fresh tuna, crunchy peppers, and tender couscous stuffed into tangy grape leaves. Remember to gently remove the leaf bundles (available at most Mediterranean markets, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s locations) from their jar, being careful not to tear the leaves.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse grape leaves under cold water; place in a large bowl. Cover leaves with cold water; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and carefully separate grape leaves. Remove and discard stems.

Step 2

Place leaves in a large saucepan, and add chicken stock, making sure leaves are covered with stock. Bring to a simmer over medium. Cover and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool completely.

Step 3

Gently stir together tuna, couscous, onion, garlic, serrano, parsley, mint, lime juice, curry powder, salt, and olive oil in a large bowl.

Step 4

Place grape leaves, vein side up, on a work surface. Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the tuna mixture (depending on the size of the leaf) on the center of the bottom half of each leaf. Fold up the stem end of the leaf to cover the mixture; fold in sides, and roll up tightly.

Step 5

Place dolmas on a platter, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 8 hours. Serve cold or at room temperature with Citrus-Yogurt Sauce.