Thursday, August 5, 2010

Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Okay, so to be perfectly honest with you, I am not sure of the exact quantities for this recipe.  I threw this dinner together in under 20 minutes (Score!).  I made it up as I went, so below I just gave a rough estimate of what I did.  The way I cook is in a “little bit of this – little bit of that” manner.  Even if I use a recipe as a starting point, I RARELY follow it to the “T”.  I always tweak it to my personal taste.  So that’s what I encourage you to do with this one… add more or less of whatever! This is basically what I did, though & it turned out fantastic!

One of the ingredients you’ll need is Sriracha.  What is Sriracha, you may ask?? It’s a super HOT Thai chili sauce mixture that is a popular asian condiment. It’s used basically like a hot sauce.  I love to use it to kick my dishes up a notch. See Below Picture:

Okay, enough of my tangent – Back to the Recipe

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Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

For the Meat:
2 TBS Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion (Chopped)
1 package of Ground Turkey Breast
(I used Jenny-O which is 1.25 lbs)
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Salt

For the Sauce:
2 TBS Peanut Butter- Smooth
1 TBS Mirin
2 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
2-3 TBS Soy Sauce ( I Used Low Sodium)
2 TBS Teriyaki
A Dash (or 2) Red Pepper Flakes
A Dash of Sriracha (leave out if you can't stand the heat)

Additional Ingredients:
Iceberg Lettuce Leaves
Chopped Salted Peanuts
Asian Cabbage Slaw Mix (I cheated here!)
(It's a package the comes with everything in it! Slaw, Toppings and Dressing - Just mix and serve as a topping for your lettuce wraps)
Bean Sprouts (optional)
Shredded Carrots (optional)

Directions:

Heat Oil in a skillet over Medium-High Heat. Add chopped onions and allow to soften and begin to brown (3-4 minutes). Add the Ground Turkey breast cook completely (make sure no pink is left!). Season with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic salt.

Mix Sauce ingredients up in a small bowl (the peanut butter will be clumpy until it is heated). Pour over the meat mixture and stir to combine. The peanut butter will melt and mix with the sauce. I needed to add about a 1/4 cup water to thin the mixture out. You can also add more soy & teriyaki. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook for a couple of minutes.

When ready to serve, mix up the asian cabbage slaw (bag mix, baby!). Take an iceberg leaf and scoop some of the Meat mixture into it. Top with Cabbage Slaw and crushed peanuts. You may add a dash of soy sauce if you like.

Also: you can add any additional topping you like- I just kept this simple since we were crunched for time. This seriously came together in 15-20 minutes. Awesome!

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One Response to “Spicy Lettuce Wraps”

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    Heather — August 10, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    Oh my gosh! We found out about that red sauce at a Chinese restaurant we ate at. My husband ate so much of it on wontons back to back that his eyes started watering…well being the smart a that he is he went to the grocery store and bought some because he loved it that much, haha! It takes all kinds. :)
    Heather @ http://www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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