Wednesday, March 3, 2010

cool, crisp lettuce wraps...

1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
1/2 of a medium red onion; diced
1/2 cup diced carrot
2 cloves of garlic; minced
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 green onions; diced
1 can water chestnuts; diced
salt & pepper
pre-made Hoisin sauce
1 head iceberg lettuce

Cook onion and carrots (season with salt & pepper) in olive oil over med high heat about 4-5 min. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds more. Add turkey and cook until browned and onions are soft. Season with salt & pepper. If turkey and veggies are sticking to the pan add 1/4 cup water to deglaze and cook until water is absorbed. Add green onion and water chestnuts and cook just until warmed through (you can add 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce at this point, or serve it on the side)

I've been wanting to try home made lettuce wraps for a while and have been looking for that "perfect recipe." There are LOTS of great recipes out there...but most of them call for a lot of ingredients. I like to keep things simple. I just thought about what I like in a lettuce wrap (crunch, great flavor, salty sauce) and this is what I came up with. I did not add the Hoisin sauce (found in small jars by the Asian food in the grocery store) to the cooking process, but I wish I had. We just used it as a sauce drizzled in the wraps. This recipe is so versatile. If you like mushrooms or sprouts...throw 'em in!
We all (well...5 out of 6 of us) LOVED them. I have one picky eater. Stinker.


Tristan said...

Sounds yummy! What is it about water chestnuts? I love them!

Carin said...


Christie said...

Had to leave my dishes in the sink to log on here and tell you that I just made these for dinner tonight. They were AWESOME. Everybody loved them, even my picky eaters. Thank you!

Valerie said...

This recipe is so much easier than many I've seen and looks so good.

Christie said... I made it again tonight. I was mad that we didn't have leftovers because the pigs around here ate all of it. So, yep. Made them again and loved them just as much as the first time around. Promise to make something else for dinner tomorrow night, but just had to share.