Stuffed Apples in Olive Oil
(Zeytinyağlı Elma Dolması - Erzincan - East Anatolia Region)
4 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup water
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup rice, washed and drained
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
8 fresh walnuts, chopped
1 tsp currants
1/2 tsp mint
1/2 tsp cinnamon 2/3 cup warm water
Saute the onions with the olive oil for about 10 minutes in a medium-size pot. Then, add the rice, sugar and salt, stir. Cover and cook on very low heat until the rice looks see-through. Add the nuts, currants, cinnamon, mint and 2/3 cup of water. Stir occasionally at low heat. Cook until all the water evaporates and put aside.
Cut off the tops of the apples using a small knife, but don't throw them away as you will put them back on after you stuff the apples. Core the apples and make a room for a filling (picture).
Stuff the apples with the filling by using a teaspoon. Cover the tops of the apples with their tops. Place in a medium-size pot along with 1/4 cup of water. Drizzle the olive oil over the apples. Cover and cook at low heat for 10-12 minutes.
Labels: Olive Oil Dishes