Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps! You could make these with pork (I used the Kalua pork recipe I already posted) or cooked chicken, or whatever you have. This was something different to have for dinner, and fun! May look like a lot of work, but it's really easy and cooks quick. Have your ingredients all prepped before you start cooking

Lettuce Wraps
Cooked meat (shredded pork, or chopped chicken about 4 cups or so...)
1 can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 package fresh sliced mushrooms(the larger size package)
3 or 4 green onions, chopped
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic

1 or 2 heads of iceburg lettuce (depending on the size) I've used romaine lettuce too, just doesn't form a cup, but if you break off the bottom half that has the end rib part, it folds up like a taco really nice.

Special Sauce:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
To make special sauce: Mix sugar and water and stir a minute or two to dissolve the sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to eat the lettuce wraps.
*may want to double this sauce if serving more than 4 or 5 people.
Have sriracha hot chile sauce and prepared Chinese Hot mustard on hand as well. More to follow on this.

Stir fry sauce:
2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
11/2 teaspoon rice vinegar.
2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce ( I use this quite a bit in stir fries, it's yummy. You can find it in the chinese section of the grocery store.)
Stir together in a small bowl.

To prepare the filling for the wraps, heat 2 Tablespoons oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add green onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts,  and garlic, and saute a minute or two, then add the meat, and stir fry sauce, and saute a couple of more minutes until it's all heated through and sauce coats the meat well.

To assemble: (I let everyone assemble their own,) I serve the meat mixture in a bowl, and have lettuce cups on another plate or bowl--to make these, slice the top off of a head of lettuce right through the middle of the head. Pull your lettuce cups off of the outside of this slice.
Give everyone a small bowl to put a spoonful or two of the special sauce in. Than each person can add however much of the sriracha chili sauce and Chinese hot mustard to this as they like for spiciness., stir well.
Assemble letttuce wraps by spooning meat filling into a lettuce cup, adding special sauce over the top, folding up like a taco , and then eat up and enjoy!!! Yum!!

*I used a whole 3-1/2 pound pork roast that I shredded and chopped, or you could get roasted chicken and chop up .

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