Among these leftovers were pre-cooked shrimp and lobster stock, the latter of which, I should be clear, is not a regular in my fridge but rather a special guest that appeared to due me making lobster rolls on a very expensive whim the week earlier. Boiling the shit out of two lobster shells produced about 2 cups of fragrant, slightly sweet stock that I used to cook about 1 cup of rice. I combined the cooked rice with about 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic along with 1 cup of chopped (cooked) shrimp.
After some finagling and only a few duds, I had assembled a small pyramid of rolled grape leaves. I arranged them in a single layer in a saucepan and added what remaining lobster stock I had such that the liquid just barely covered the leaves. Most recipes will then instruct you to simmer on very low heat for about 1 hour but I found 45 minutes was sufficient.
The result: Me Not Fail. The rolls kept their shape and the grape leaves lost any residual bitterness via the infusion of lobster stock, taking on a slightly sweet flavor, as did the tender rice. Dill threads and garlic added an earthy twang that contrasted nicely with the briny shrimp. I would definitely make them again ASAP, but I'm confident enough now in my rolling skills to go on to a more traditional style with lamb, cumin, rice, sultanas, and nuts.