Monday, March 4, 2013

Lettuce Wraps

Ever since the first lettuce wrap I consumed at PF Chang I have been dying to know how to make them.  I have pinned a bigillion recipes for them never once giving them a try, until now!

My dad has been saying for years that he found this recipe and for the life of me I cannot remember it's origins, but he claimed they were just as tasty as the ones from PF Chang if not better.

Bold statement I thought, but I could at least give them a change.

As I assembled the ingredients and started cooking I just knew this was going to be heavenly...taste test after taste test proved that they were only getting better with each addition.

That lasted until I do what sometimes happens in the kitchen.....the sound of Willie Nelson and Ray Charles has me utterly distracted, I am singing at the top of my lungs, the dogs are hiding somewhere as this is not always a pleasant sound, and I don't quite read the instructions on the recipe.

When I went to add the ginger I saw 2 tablespoons, instead of teaspoons.  We had a similar mishap with salt and oatmeal cookies when I was much younger so clearly there is some consistency here, but alas, even with the copious amounts of ginger they were delicious!

I would recommend sticking with the 2 teaspoon portion of ginger but besides my own falter in the kitchen these lived up to all my dad's raves!

Lettuce Wraps
1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons shredded ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon garlic chili pepper sauce
1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, chopped
1 bunch green onions
2-3 teaspoons dark sesame oil
iceberg lettuce

Saute the turkey and onions over medium heat until the turkey begins to brown.  
Add garlic, soy sauce, hoisin, ginger, vinegar and chili sauce.  Cook until mixed together.  Add water chestnuts, green onions and sesame oil.
Stir and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.  
To serve spoon mixture into lettuce leaves and wrap.
Serve with plum sauce.
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