Joni Sare, cooking instructor

How to make collard wraps


Collard greens are on sale this week at the Monta Vista Market, in Cupertino, see address and contact info, below.


Remove the thick end of the stems and save for other uses.
Blanch the leaves, plunge in cold water and then lie flat on work surface. Have the stem-end at bottom of work area. Spread filling in the center of the leaf.

Click here for blanching instructions.

Click here to read my blanching tips.

Here is a sweet-spiced fig and red wine sauce.

Alternative method is to leave out the sauce and have it as a dip on the side. You’ll want a thinner, more runny sauce, tho, so that more sauce is picked up when you dip the wrap.

This is a vegetarian version using cooked lentils and cooked chopped veggies. Best that the veggies are small so that they don’t poke through the leaf when you wrap it.

Mixture can be hot or cold, raw or cooked, sweet or savory, fruit or veggie or meat.

Fold the bottom of the leaf to cover the filling.


Fold one side and then the other, making a tight, snug fit. Fold the top of the leaf down over the ‘package.’


Tie each bundle with string and set aside.

Serving ideas:

  1. Eat as is, at room temperature.
  2. Reheat in a steamer basket, or in a low skillet with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Wrap each bundle with plastic wrap and then put all the bundles into one large ziptop freezer bag.

21666 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino CA 95014

Across from the Post Office.

Store Phone: 408-777-0330

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About Monta Vista Market

Monta Vista Market is locally-owned and managed by Peter and Gail Yessne, long-time residents of Cupertino. They have been gardening organically in Monta Vista for more than 25 years.

As available, Peter and Gail plan to offer their Cupertino-grown produce for purchase at the store. While not certiifed organic, their vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, hericides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers. Peter and Gail use organic compost generated from their kitchen and garden waste, supplementing periodically with locally generated compost made with horse and chicken manure.

Monta Vista Market has also established a business partnership with ALBA, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, based in Salinas CA Two percent of the store’s sales is donated to further ALBA’s mission of training low income farm workers to become self-sustaining organic farmers. In turn, ALBA is a primary produce supplier to Monta Vista Market.

The employees at Monta Vista Market are encouraged to be knowledgeable in various aspects of organic produce and organic agriculture, so that they can answer your questions about use of vegetables, fruits, and other organic food offered at the store. If we can’t answer your question immediately, we’ll do the research and let you know the answer.

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