Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Not sure how it came to be Wednesday already.  Where does the time go?  We have so many things going on right now it is no wonder I don't remember the days.  We are in the midst of a bathroom renovation. The demo is complete and now it is time to put everything back together. We started car shopping.  I forgot how much I HATE car shopping.  And then there is the real work stuff with trips in and out of Cleveland every other week. 

With everything going on I am all about quick and easy these days. Oh yes, recipes must also not use the oven.  Connecticut is still hot and humid.  These Asian Beef Lettuce wraps were a way to use up some ground beef without making burgers.  The result was an easy recipe with amazing flavor.  It was a great new week day meal to switch things up a bit. Filling but not too heavy in your stomach. We made it for dinner but you could easily have smaller portions for party appetizers.  

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: saute entree appetizer ground beef Chinese
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 16 leaves Boston Bibb lettuce
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often. Drain, and set aside to cool.

Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chili pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped green onions, and sesame oil, and continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.

To plate, arrange lettuce leaves on plate and pile meat mixture in the center. Serve with rice if desired. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito.
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  1. yummy and flavorful! Perfect light summer meal! Hope things settle down soon (hahaha---I'm hoping for myself, too!).

  2. These look totally crave-worthy. Love the crispy lettuce against the savory meat filling.


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