Asian Lettuce Wraps

I used to eat this as a child when my family would go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. I would have one as an appetizer back then, but I now cook it as a main course for my family. I got the recipe from my good friend, Culinary Queen Sheri, and it is a favourite in my house – especially with the hubby!

2 lbs lean ground beef, chicken, pork, or turkey
4 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
2 carrots, grated
3/4 cup diced water chestnuts
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp pepper
1 head iceberg lettuce (gently peel off the leaves to use as the wraps)

In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground meat of your choice, breaking it up as necessary until it is no longer pink. Drain off the fat.

I used ground chicken which is tougher to break up than beef so I used a potato masher which worked well.

Add green onions, garlic, ginger, carrots and water chestnuts and cook over medium heat until the green onions are softened (about 5 minutes).

Whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, water and pepper.

Pour into the skillet and cook, stirring until combined and slightly thickened.

Spoon into a lettuce leaf, roll it up like a burrito, and enjoy! If you especially like hoisin sauce, like my husband and I do, you can spoon some of it into the bottom of the leaf before adding the meat mixture and it is delicious!

The prepared and cooked meat mixture can be frozen for up to three months so it makes a really easy instant meal on those nights when you need something fast!

Now that we have the cooking out of the way, I can say how happy I am to be back. I didn’t think I would miss blogging as much as I did and I’m looking forward to sharing yummy things with you guys again! You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to prepare this post. In the weeks since I last blogged I have lost my posting rhythm and my whole work flow was so scattered. I kept making mistakes and having to redo photos and it was just crazy. Big props to my husband who kept the wild and crazy kids at bay so I could concentrate on getting this finished.

See y’all tomorrow!

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1 comment to Asian Lettuce Wraps

  • Sheri

    Yummy I love these! I got the recipe from my mom and it’s been passed around a lot!