Layered stuffed grape leaves, also known as dolma or dolmades, are a popular dish in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. The dish is made by taking grape leaves and stuffing them with a flavorful filling of rice, herbs, spices, and sometimes meat.
The stuffing mixture typically includes ingredients such as chopped onions, garlic, parsley, mint, and dill, mixed with cooked rice, lemon juice, and olive oil. Meat-based fillings can also include ground lamb or beef, but vegetarian versions are common as well.
The stuffed grape leaves are then tightly rolled into small cylinders and layered in a pot with tomato sauce or lemon juice and water, and sometimes additional herbs or spices. The pot is then covered and simmered until the grape leaves are tender and the filling is cooked through.
Layered stuffed grape leaves are often served as a starter or appetizer, and can be eaten warm or at room temperature. They are usually accompanied by a dollop of yogurt or a drizzle of lemon juice on top.