Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lettuce Wraps

We have a wonderful Chinese food restaurant in our town...and one of my favorite menu items is their lettuce wrap.

When I found a recipe that looked similar (in the Mt. Cheam Christian School Cookbook #3)...I decided to give it a try. I will be making this dish again...and again!

Lettuce Wraps

1 large head iceberg lettuce
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
2 carrots, finely diced
1 onion, chopped
2 or 3 cups steam fried noodles
1 bottle hoisin sauce

  • Core head of lettuce. Hold upside down under cold, running water...gently pull the leaves away from the core, one at a time. Each leaf will from a natural cup. Remove excess water from leaves...and chill in refrigerator until needed.
  • Brown ground beef in heavy skillet. Add ginger, garlic, peppers, carrot and onion. Fry until veggies are tender. Add the steam fried noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes longer (noodles should still be crunchy). Transfer mixture to serving platter.
  • Place platter on table, alongside a plate of lettuce leaves and bowl of hoisin sauce. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf...top with hoisin sauce. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Cooks notes: The hoisin sauce can be found in the Asian section of the grocery store. It's what gives the flavour...so it is not optional!


12 comments:

  1. This sure looks yummy Judy. A whole bottle of hoisin sauce? My bottle is 443 ml, is that the one?

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  2. Oops!! I get it..I should read the whole post properly! lol

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  3. this makes my mouth water... I LOVE their lettuce wrap... I will be trying this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Another new recipe to try! And it looks easy enough too!

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  5. You girls are so creative! Thanks for the recipe. It looks great.

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  6. Judy....this looks 'right up my alley'!Yum!

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  7. Ohh .. that looks good ! and easy!
    but I'm worried about the hoisin sauce..if it is gluten-free.

    Ohh .. I just checked and Dynasty Hoisin sauce is gluten-free as well as the Kame brand!

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  8. Something so simple and yet so yummy. A new idea for my next family dinner.
    Try adding water chestnuts. They add a real nice crunch.

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  9. this is my daughters new favorite all time meal! I have made it twice in the past two weeks. I refuse to buy iceberg lettuce because of its low nutritional value so I just shred romaine lettuce, turn it into a nest for the fabulous meat mixture and drizzle the hoisin on top so that it looks really fancy. Excellent!

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  10. This is AMAZING! Thanks all you MGCC for your terrific recipes!

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  11. Yum! love this recipe - thanks! The other day I was in a produce store and picked up a bag of steam fried noodles to make this for dinner. The lady in front of me in the check out line commented about enjoying those noodles and I told her I was making lettuce wraps. She immediately was interested in how I made them. I just smiled and said - just google Mennonite Girls can Cook and search for lettuce wraps!

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  12. I make these fairly often for my family and we love them!! Thanks Ladies!!

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