Chinese Lettuce Wraps

I’ve had a huge craving for lettuce wraps lately. With the extra day off this weekend, it gave me some time to rest and cook.

Chinese-style lettuce wraps are really easy to make, with only a few key ingredients. The filling is usually made with ground beef, chicken or turkey. I had a pack of lean ground turkey that needed to be used, so I made turkey lettuce wraps.

In addition to protein, there’s usually some sort of vegetable contained in the mix, like frozen peas, carrots, etc. I used some finely chopped celery. Water chestnuts are also a common ingredient, which add a delightful crunch to the filling.

The key to the flavor of the filling is hoisin sauce. If you’re used to PF Chang’s lettuce wraps, their version actually doesn’t contain hoisin (at least I didn’t taste any the one time I had them), but most of the other ones I’ve had at Chinese restaurants do.

The filling only takes a few minutes to cook. Then you just serve it with some lettuce leaves. The most common one used is iceberg lettuce because of its large surface area, but I prefer using green leaf lettuce as I’m not much of a fan of iceberg lettuce.

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 small can of water chestnuts, drained and chestnuts cubed
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
2 green scallions, finely chopped
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
12-14 washed lettuce leaves (green leaf, iceberg, romaine will all work)

Directions:

Heat pan/pot on stove and add in oil and ground turkey. Cook until almost completely cooked. Add in remaining ingredients except scallions and lettuce and cook until everything is completely cooked through. Add scallions in at the end and stir for about on more minute before turning off stove. Serve with lettuce.

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2 comments on “Chinese Lettuce Wraps”

  1. I stumbled onto your blog looking for a salt and pepper chicken wing recipe and have been having a fun time browsing ever since. This lettuce wrap recipe has me drooling! My mother comes from Taiwan and I got to visit there in September (for the first time in almost 30 years!) so it made me smile to read about pineapple cakes and mochi. Mmmmmm….

    Thanks for the great food adventures! Warm greetings to you from the Yukon, waaaaaay up north!

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