A terrific choice for an appetizer or as a light meal: Asian Lettuce Wraps
Yield: Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
I brought these to a friend’s house for cocktail hour one summer evening. I’d be happy having them for dinner. The kids thought they were fun to assemble and they were a big hit with everyone.
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
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.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 2 lettuce wraps
Calories per serving: 314
Fat per serving: 19g
Saturated Fat per serving: 3.7g
Sugar per serving: 4.4g
Fiber per serving: 2.75g
Protein per serving: 24.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 89.6mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 11g
WW POINTS per serving (2 lettuce wraps):
Points Plus Program: 8 Old Points Program: 7
(Adapted from California Sol Food: Casual Cooking from the Junior League of San Diego)