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Dolmathes with Avgolemno Sauce
CATEGORY: Appetizer- Hot
We were given this recipe by a Greek friend of ours.  Her grandmother made dolmathes this way in the "old country".....  Love them!!
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SERVINGS: 12 
PREP TIME: 60 minutes
INGREDIENTS
1 lb ground meat
1 large onion- finely chopped
1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/8 cup chopped fresh mint
1 TBSP oregano
1 TBSP dill
1 small egg- beaten
1 TBSP melted butter
salt and pepper
25 to 30 bottled grape leaves
1 can beef broth
3 TBSP tomato sauce
water
*Avgolemno Sauce*
3 eggs- separated
Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
1 TBSP flour
DIRECTIONS

Mix meat, onion, rice, parsley, mint, oregano, dill, egg, butter, salt and pepper. 
Rinse grape leaves in cold water to wash away brine. 
Place 2 tsp filling in the center of 1 grape leaf and roll leaf around the filling, tucking the ends of the leaf in. Continue with additional leaves until all the filling is used.
Line the bottom of a casserole pan (one with a lid) with grape leaves.  Arrange the dolmathes side by side and in layers.  Place a heavy plate on top of the dolmathes to keep them in place.
Combine beef broth, tomato paste and enough water to just cover the dolmathes.  Pour over the dolmathes.  Cover the casserole with lid and simmer on the stove top until the rice is tender- approx 30- 40 minutes.
*Avgolemno Sauce*
Make a paste out of the lemon juice and flour.  Set aside.
Beat egg yolks and blend in the lemon paste.
Beat the egg whites until stiff.  Slowly add the yolk/lemon paste mixture and 1 cup of liquid from the dolmathes pot.  Cook over medium low heat for 5 to 10 minutes (stirring constantly) until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If sauce is too thick- thin with a little more of the dolmathes cooking liquid.