I'm just posting pictures and a recipe sketch today. Sign up for the newsletter or come back next week for details. I'm taking this easier, greener twist on cabbage rolls to our family holiday feast today, sort of a delayed Wigilia. My mother has decided to focus on the Polish part of our mutley heritage. Funny, I grew up Italian!
1. Cut the stems from collard leaves and save for another recipe. I steamed most of the collard leaves but am trying a few unsteamed. [Update: steam them! The raw leaves rolled up OK but where significantly less tender. Just steam about five minutes until the leaves drape.]
2. Make a filling with equal parts rice and lentils, plus raisins, salt, thyme, and marjoram.
3. Wrap spoonfuls of lentils and rice with collards, burrito style. The steamed leaves are a darker green.
4. Top with a tomato sauce with onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves.
5. Here's the side view: very festive! Bake covered at 350 until hot, about 30 minutes (45 if refrigerated).
These were delicious, a cross between cabbage rolls and stuffed grape leaves. They reheated well the next day, too. Here's the funny reaction from my mother:
- Mom: "I didn't know vegetarians went this far!"
- Me: "Went this far?"
- Mom: "When you were sixteen and it was your night to cook, you just made tacos with lettuce. Lettuce and stuff. You weren't very adventurous."
- Me. "I felt adventurous! But it's been forty years. We're way beyond tacos now."
She must have forgotten decades of holiday dishes I've brought over, including the cabbage rolls I made last Christmas, shown below. Oh well. I liked the collard rolls better and they were much easier to make. Perhaps they will be more memorable, too!
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