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Monday, August 23, 2010

Lettuce Wraps 2

So I know this is the second lettuce wrap recipe I've posted, but these are quite different than the other recipe. The other recipe used shredded chicken and a bottled sauce. This recipe uses ground turkey (or chicken), and a homemade sauce. The homemade sauce wins my vote!! I added more veggies to mine (shown as the "optional" ingredients). The original recipe (from changeable table) claims it's a "clone of the real-thing," and tastes just like P.F. Chang's lettuce wraps. Well, I don't totally agree with that, but they were close, and still good. This makes a great light dinner, or a fun appetizer.


Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey or chicken
1 small can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 white onion, chopped
2–3 cloves garlic, minced (2 Tbsp)
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2–1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
2 stalks of celery, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup carrots, grated (optional)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (in the Asian section of the store—don't skip this! Or you can make your own*)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chili paste, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, etc. (I used hot sauce)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup peanuts or cashews, optional
Iceberg or Bibb lettuce

Directions:
A few hours before, core lettuce and rinse. Wrap in a paper towl, then in plastic and chill well. You want crisp lettuce!
In a large skillet, brown turkey with chopped onion. Before fully cooked, add celery and bell pepper. Cook until turkey is cooked through. Drain if desired (you might not have to if your turkey is lean).
Add water chestnuts, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili paste, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Continue to heat and stir until well blended and heated through. Add sliced green onions and heat just until they begin to wilt. Sprinkle with nuts and place in serving bowl and keep warm.
Separate lettuce into leaves, trimming of excess if desired. Place on plate. Serve with any oriental sauce of your choice (optional).

*How to make your own Hoisin sauce:
Mix together:
5 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp bean curd paste, or peanut butter (who has bean curd paste?!)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp hot sauce

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