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Collard Green Wrap
Fold a collard green leaf in half lengthwise, and cut out the stem, approx. three inches from the bottom of the leaf. Warm the leaf for 15-30 seconds on each side in a dry, medium-hot skillet. (Alternately, place the leaf in boiling water for approx. two minutes.) Place approximately half of a cup of the mixture in the middle of the leaf. Wrap the sides of leaf toward the center lengthwise. Hold the sides of the leaves in place while securely rolling from top of the leaf toward the de-stemmed bottom of the leaf. Secure with a toothpick or two. Collard green leaves work well with spicy fillings such as Peanuty Thai Stir Fry or Szechuan Stir Fry (under Satisfying Stir Fries).
Leaf Lettuce Wrap
Slice off the stem beneath the bottom of a leaf. Place approx. half of a cup of the mixture in the center of the leaf, leaving three inches at the top open. Wrap the sides of leaf toward the center lengthwise. Hold the sides of the leaf in place, while securely rolling from the bottom of the leaf toward the top. Secure with enough toothpicks to keep it tightly wrapped. Leaf lettuce leaves work well with loose, milder fillings such as a Braised Vegetable Scramble (under Breakfast).
Open Romaine Wrap
Slice the stems beneath the bottoms of two romaine leaves. Fold the leaves up approx. two inches from the bottom to create a “bowl.” Place one leaf on top of the other, with the stems on opposite ends to create a sturdy, open bowl. Fill with approx. three quarters of a cup of the mixture. These are great for thick, dense, spicy fillings such as Five Layer Dip (under Lunch).
Open Butter Lettuce Wrap
Choose leaves that are naturally bowl shaped. Slice the stems beneath the bottoms of two butter lettuce leaves. Place one leaf on top of the other, with the stems on opposite ends to create a sturdy open bowl. Fill with approximately half a cup of the mixture. These are great for thick, dense fillings such as Hoisin Stir Fry (under Satisfying Stir Fries).