Koupepia are well known in Greece as Dolmades and are a traditional dish in the Cypriot kitchen. It is an important dish during celebrations as well as an everyday food.
Koupepia are made using vine leaves, a mixture of pork and beef minced meat, onion, tomatoes, rice, olive oil, black pepper, salt and a little lemon juice.
To begin with, the vine leaves must first be blanched. The filling with the minced meat along with the other ingredients are placed inside a piece of vine leaf which is then rolled up into a small log shape. The koupepia are placed in a saucepan and are pressed down with a small plate in order to stop the vine leaves from opening up.
The koupepia must be cooked on a slow fire for about half an hour.