Thursday, June 16, 2011

Asian Lettuce Wraps


1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 medium shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound ground turkey or ground pork
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup bottled chili sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup minced peanuts
1 head butter or Boston lettuce, separated
mint leaves


1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Stir fry shallots in hot oil for several minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the ground meat and separate for even cooking. Stir in soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce and sugar.
2. Cook until meat is brown and crumbly and the liquid is reduced, stirring frequently. Stir in cilantro. Spoon the meat mixture into a serving bowl. Place mint leaves and peanuts in small bowls and the lettuce on a platter.
3. Self serve: Spoon meat mixture onto a lettuce leaf and top with a couple of mint leaves and minced peanuts, and roll tightly.