Midyeli yaprak sarması is a Turkish dish made with vine leaves stuffed with a savory filling that includes rice, onions, herbs, and mussels (midye in Turkish). The dish is also known as midye dolması.
To prepare midyeli yaprak sarması, first, the vine leaves are blanched in boiling water to soften them and remove the briny flavor. Then, a mixture of rice, onions, parsley, dill, and mint is prepared and mixed with chopped mussels. The mixture is then used to stuff the vine leaves, and the stuffed leaves are rolled into small packages.
Next, the rolls are arranged in a pot and covered with water, lemon juice, and olive oil. The pot is then covered and simmered over low heat until the rice is cooked and the flavors have melded together. The dish is traditionally served cold, garnished with lemon wedges and fresh herbs.
Midyeli yaprak sarması is a popular appetizer or meze in Turkish cuisine and is often served at special occasions or gatherings. It is a refreshing and flavorful dish that combines the salty and briny taste of mussels with the fragrant aroma of fresh herbs and the tangy flavor of lemon.