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 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 it is not optional!


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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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.

  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!

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

  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!

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