Collard-Wrapped BurritosSubmitted by: GUEST_CHEF
IntroductionA fresh take on a Mexican favorite. From "Party Like a Culinista: Fresh Recipes, Bold Flavors, and Good Friends." A fresh take on a Mexican favorite. From "Party Like a Culinista: Fresh Recipes, Bold Flavors, and Good Friends."
1 teaspoon fine grain salt
10 large collard leaves, thickest part of stem trimmed (see Note)
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pan
1 (20-ounce) can black beans
1 carrot, shredded
3 scallions, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lb reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (about 3 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13-inch ovenproof serving pan with olive oil. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add a few pinches of salt. Submerge the collards for 2 minutes in boiling. Drain and set the collard leaves aside.
In a medium saucepan with a lid, add 1 3/4 cups water and the quinoa. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Set aside and leave covered.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, cumin, and coriander for 1 minute. Add the beans, carrot, scallions, tomatoes, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Add a splash of water if mixture gets too dry.
Lay one collard flat, vein side up. Spoon 2 tablespoons of quinoa then 3 tablespoons of the bean mixture onto the trimmed end of the collard and sprinkle with cheese. Fold each side over the filling and roll like a burrito. Repeat with remaining collard leaves. Arrange the burritos in the serving pan and bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes or until heated through.
• When selecting collard greens, choose the larger leaves that have the least holes in them and aren’t shriveled at the tops.
• If you can’t find large enough collard leaves, you can secure the wraps with a toothpick to prevent the filling from falling out. Or, use slightly less filling and tell everyone not to limit themselves to just one!
• The quinoa and bean filling can be cooked one day in advance; store covered in the refrigerator.
• Substitute or omit the cheese for a vegan dish.
Serving Size: Makes 10 burritos