9.12.2010

Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps


Requested no less than 4 times so far this month by my clients and family, I feel this recipe is worthy of a blog post. Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps are the ground beef cousin to a previous post of mine for Barbecued Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Lean ground beef is browned and seasoned with sauteed onions, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce and gets a spicy kick from pickled ginger - a favorite of My Oldest and No Thank You Boy when we go out for sushi - and Asian chile pepper sauce. Scooped into bibb lettuce leaves and sprinkled with chopped cashews, this handheld meal does not disappoint.

I made a double batch of this Asian inspired recipe for my family. We have been enjoying it in the lettuce leaves and also rolled up with shredded monteray jack cheese in a tortilla. There was a slight revolt at lunchtime today when My Middle One found out that The Husband had just finished off the remaining serving of Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps.

This is one of those recipes that freezes well. After preparing the filling, cool and freeze in resealable bags. Pull it out of the freezer in the morning and by dinner time just heat for 1 - 2 minutes in the microwave on 70% power. Spoon into lettuce leaves and dinner is served.



Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps

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serves 6

24 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
1 and 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, 93% fat free
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped, about 2 cups
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoon minced pickled ginger
1 and 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Asian chile pepper sauce or red pepper flakes to taste
1-1/2 (8 ounce) cans water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped
2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
1/3 cup chopped cashews

Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.

In a saute pan over medium high heat, add the ground beef and brown, stirring often. Drain off any fat and remove from a pan. Keep warm.

In the same pan over medium high heat, add the canola oil and saute the onions for 8 - 10 minutes. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir to combine. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, scallions, sesame oil, browned ground beef and continue cooking until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with the cashews.

13 comments:

bellini valli said...

It is easy to see why this would be so popular. Something similar is our favourite appetizer at a local restaurant.

Susi said...

These lettuce wraps look fantastic! I can see why your family loved it. I'm bookmarking this as I'm sure my crew would devour it as well :o)

Mary said...

These look and sound so great!!! This has been bookmarked!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Robin Sue said...

You had me at freezes well! We are trying to cut down on the tons of bread we eat, so I have been looking for more recipes like this. Thanks! How are you doing now that the kids are in school? Things down here have been way too hectic, last night was the first night I had done groceries in two weeks. We were down to nothing! Have a great day Amy!

PS-have yet to make a class schedule...but I will try today since it is the first time I can sit down in days.

Patsyk said...

Fabulous recipe! I am going to have to try it as my youngest likes to use lettuce as a wrap for many things. :)

Danielle said...

this looks great! I wish I had this for dinner instead of leftovers!

Tammy Reckman said...

If this is as good as your meatloaf, I'm sure the boss will be asking for this a couple of times a month! Will let you know what he says.

Jamie said...

This looks super delicious and something I know my family would love. I've been wanting to try beef lettuce wraps and this looks like the perfect recipe.

Norma said...

Great stuff! I keep learning new things every time I come back to your blog.

Biz said...

I love lettuce wraps! My husband - not so much - I'll make these next time its just me and my daughter.

Hope you are doing well! :D

Haley said...

I made these last night, my fiance and I really enjoyed them! I substituted edemame for water chestnuts. Very good!

Somer said...

These sound yummy! I think my honey would enjoy these as well.

Rachel said...

Made this last night for the family. HUGE hit! This is definitely going in the arsenal, thanks!