Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tasty Lettuce Wraps!

These lettuce wraps were awesome! We love eating PF Chang's chicken lettuce wraps so I decided to try these ones from the Pioneer Woman. We used ground beef, but it had so much flavor you couldn't even tell distinctively what meat it was, in a good way.
  • 1 pound Ground Beef Or Turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Oil, Or Other Light Cooking Oil
  • 1 whole Onion (small)
  • 1 clove Garlic, Large
  • 1 piece Fresh Ginger (1 Inch Long) I couldn't find this at the grocery store so I left out
  • 1 whole Red Pepper
  • ½ cups Diced Water Chestnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons Chinese Cooking Wine
  • 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Chili, Or Satay, Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 head Iceberg Lettuce
Prep the veggies: Dice the onion and red pepper. Drain and rinse the water chestnuts. Mince the garlic and the ginger. Cut out the core of the iceberg lettuce and give it a rinse. Allow the lettuce to drain, and carefully loosen the leaves.
Prep the sauce: Mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, peanut chili sauce, hoisin sauce and the sesame oil.
Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the peanut oil to the pan, allow it to heat up for a minute, then add the diced onion. Cook the onion for a few minutes. When it starts to become translucent (after 4 or 5 minutes), add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry for 30 seconds, then add the ground meat. Brown the meat, then add the red pepper and water chestnuts, stirring constantly.
This is my head of lettuce all spread out!
After another 3 or 4 minutes, add in the Chinese cooking wine. Allow this to sizzle and cook for about a minute, then add in the sauce. Stirring frequently, let this cook for 2 or three minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit. If it doesn’t, you can add a teaspoon or two of cornstarch.
Serve with the iceberg lettuce: take one leaf and add a few heaping spoonfuls of the meat mixture, fold up, and enjoy!
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Lacey said...

Oh my gosh!! These are so good-- thanks for letting us try one the next day!! yumm!

leah said...

These were so good.... even if they were wrapped in lettuce ;) I'm definitely going to have to give these a try in our house!

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

Another great recipe! I've got to try these too - yum!

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