Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Collard Rolls

 Today's delicious recipe comes from CSA member Sherrie, who writes a gluten free food blog called Living Simply Gluten Free. Sherrie is sharing her CSA experience and recipes on her blog, so be sure to check it out! If we're lucky, she may contribute a few of her creations to our blog as well, so keep your eyes peeled!



-collard greens, 8-10 leaves
-1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
-2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
-1 large shallot, chopped
-1/4 tsp. garlic granules
-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes [optional]
-2 TBS. butter or Earth Balance organic coconut spread
-sea salt to taste


- Wash each leaf one by one, by hand and pat dry. Now cut off the stems so just the leaves are left behind. Fill up a large sauce pan with water and heat over high. Once the water has started to boil, reduce the heat to low. Place the leaves in the water and gently boil for about 3-5 minutes or until they've become pliable and bright green. 
- Fill up a medium sized pan with water and a pinch of salt; bring this to a rapid boil. Toss in the sweet potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft and can be easily pierced with a fork. Drain the sweet potatoes and toss them back into the pot. Mash lightly by hand with a hand masher. Now add in the cooked quinoa, garlic granules and red pepper flakes; mix together. Taste the mixture and if desired, season with a little sea salt.
-To make the rolls simply take each leaf with the 'stem' end facing you and the rounded end pointing towards the top of your counter space. About an inch from the bottom of the leaf spoon on 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of the sweet potato mixture. Fold over the bottom section, tuck the sides in and roll up like you would a burrito. Don't worry this can take some practice! Repeat until each leaf if filled and rolled. 
- In a large frying pan heat together the chopped shallots and butter [or coconut spread] over low heat. Once the butter is melted down and the shallots are heated through pour the mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Fill the pan with the rolls and pour the shallot mixture over the top; cover with a lid and simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes. The leaves will get darker on the bottom, but should not get browned. So, if this starts to happen either turn down the heat or remove them from the heat altogether. 
Serves: 4 
Total time: 40 minutes

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