Chinese Lettuce Cups

21 Feb

Lettuce Cups

My guilty pleasure is Asian cuisine. More specifically, Chinese takeout. Back when we lived in Atlanta, I kept the local Chinese restaurant very busy, especially after the twins were born. I ordered so often that the delivery guy began to comment on how big the kids were getting and would notice when I didn’t call in an order for a while. They even recognized my voice when I called. If we would have stayed there any longer, I would probably start getting Christmas cards from them.

Needless to say, there are not many Chinese takeout spots way out here in the country. This is a good thing since there have been plenty of nights when I would have happily called in my order for General Tso’s chicken, crab wontons, Pepper Steak, and some Sweet and Sour Chicken for the kids.

Besides being expensive, Chinese takeout isn’t very figure friendly (and I’ve got high hopes for a smaller swimsuit this year). So, as I roamed the aisles of the new discount grocery in town, I found nearly all of the makings of some very yummy lettuce cups. Healthy and tasty. It’s the best of both worlds.

Chinese Lettuce Cups

Ingredients

  • 16 lettuce leaves (use Bibb, Boston, or Iceburg)
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T minced pickled ginger
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 (8oz) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 t. dark Sesame oil
  • Sriracha (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse lettuce leaves and gently pat dry. Set aside to dry.
  2. In a medium skillet over high heat, add the oil and brown the beef until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium, in the same pan cook the onion until just softened. Add in the garlic, hoisin, soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Toss in the water chestnuts, sesame oil, green onions and beef and stir until coated in sauce. Cook until heated through.
  3. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and fill each one with the beef mixture. Top with Sriracha sauce if you want and eat like a burrito!
  4. Tip: You can find all of these items in you store's Asian aisle. Pickled ginger is the pink stuff you find next to your sushi. It comes in a jar and is very refreshing. Substitute 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger if you like.
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7 Responses to “Chinese Lettuce Cups”

  1. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert February 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I love Asian and lettuce cups – so this is right up my alley. Lovely blog!

    • jodiemo February 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Karen Small June 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I was wondering…what is Sriracha sauce? I love anything ASIAN when it comes to food!!! These sound fantastic!

    • jodiemo June 12, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Sriracha is a chili sauce that you can find in most Asian aisles. Since you are also in my hometown, you can find it at Wild Duck Soup on the square.

      • Karen Small June 13, 2013 at 12:29 am #

        THANK YOU…I’ve been looking for an excuse for going into that place and now you have given me one! LOL!!!

        • Karen Small June 13, 2013 at 1:18 am #

          Also…Do you think that you could substitute beef (cut on the bias), chicken or pork for the ground beef? I’m sure it’s great using ground beef it’s just I used ground beef in so many recipes already! It would be nice to have another recipe for beef, chicken or pork. Thanks in advance for all your recipes and help!

          • jodiemo June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

            You could us any meat. Even seafood if you want!

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