While Ree’s in NYC, she and I wanted to share this blast from the past, which just happens to be the first Tasty Recipe she posted. Cool, crisp lettuce wrapped around flavorful meat and veggies make a great summertime appetizer or light meal. Enjoy!
I’m excited about the new Tasty Kitchen Blog! Lots of fun new things planned.
Among the shiny new features is a weekly step-by-step of a carefully chosen Tasty Kitchen recipe—one that’s been neither “Featured” nor “Recommended” on the main page. One that might be otherwise overlooked. One that has scrumptious potential.
Today’s step-by-step is what looks to be a lovely, straightforward recipe for Lettuce Wraps, submitted by Tasty Kitchen member tfenger. Ahh, Lettuce Wraps—the wonderfully popular (deliciously so) restaurant appetizer item. I’ve loved them for years. Who knew wrapping a meat and veggie mixture in a lettuce leaf could be such a spiritual experience?
Here’s how you make them.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need. Ground turkey, onion, garlic, fresh ginger, red pepper, water chestnuts, chinese cooking wine (substitutions below), soy sauce, oyster sauce, peanut chili/satay sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and iceberg lettuce. And peanut oil if you have it.
Then mince some fresh ginger. I used my handy microplane zester, and it works wonders! (Oh, and I store my ginger in the freezer so I always have it available since my grocery store doesn’t carry it.)
Combine the remaining ingredients—excluding the wine and peanut oil—in a bowl. Note that all of these ingredients were found at my little grocery store in town, in the Asian Foods section, which is about a two-foot span of shelf in the middle of the store. They didn’t have oyster sauce, so I just used Teriyaki sauce…and it was fine! (I think you could easily just add a little more of all the other ingredients to make up for the oyster sauce (or other ingredient) if you can’t find it.
And that’s it!
They’re a little messy, but wonderfully so. The flavors are really, really nice and balanced, and you can easily add things like diced cashews, red pepper flakes…whatever floats your boat.
VERDICT: I’ll make these again. They’re perfectly delicious, and can be easily adapted and enhanced with whatever extras—or extra spice—suit your taste. Major yum.
Here’s a link to the recipe:
Thanks, tfenger, for sharing!