Fresh Asian Lettuce Wraps with ground turkey seasoned with hoisin sauce, ginger, soy sauce, and water chestnuts. Add peanuts, and extra vegetables, and then eat it like a mini burrito.
Grab a napkin because you will need a couple when eating these Asian Wraps!
This is one of those meals that I put straight into the messy eating category because you eat it like a burrito, but unlike wrapping the filling in a thick hearty tortilla, you use soft pliable lettuce!
The meat doesn’t behave quite as well and will tumble out of your lettuce leaf, so you have to get your plate near your mouth as you bring your wrap to your mouth taking a bite.
It takes some good grubbing skills to master that technique, but it can be done! I’ve seen people work their way from novice to an expert Asian Lettuce Wrap eater in a matter of two tries 🙂
I started making this dish back in 2007 and brought it to numerous parties as an appetizer. I now make it just because I love all the flavors and eat it for lunch or dinner.
Add extra vegetables and some peanuts for a bit of crunch. The textures are delicious together. Oh, and don’t skip the fresh mint! The flavor is distinct and adds so much flavor.
- 12-16 bibb or butter lettuce leaves, washed and dried
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon reduced salt soy sauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons seasame oil
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and choped
- Extra vegetables: carrot matchsticks, fresh mint, peanuts, bean sprouts.
Ground beef, chicken or pork can be used instead of ground turkey.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com, Asian Lettuce Wraps, submitted by RACHEL411, 2007.