Friday, June 27, 2008

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps/Cups

I'll be honest, I have yet to perfect the wrapping of a lettuce leaf. I have tried all different varieties of lettuce and none of them are easy to roll. The one thing I have found to make a difference is putting less filling in...but then I'd have to eat like 8 of them! As you can see my new solution is to use the smaller leaves and make them little bowls instead. I buy the "live" butter lettuce (the kind with the roots still attached) and give the big outer leaves to Emily (she enjoys the challenge), and I use the small inner leaves.

The lettuce looks like this. It is hydroponically grown and comes in a big plastic container with the root ball still attached. Please feel free to use whatever lettuce you like best and, by all means, if anyone finds a lettuce that rolls well let me know!

1 1/4 lbs. Ground lean turkey

4 Green onions

1 Small can of water chestnuts

1 t Garlic powder

1 t Ginger powder

2 T Gluten free soy sauce, I like to use Bragg

Prepared rice

Grated cheddar cheese or cheese substitute

Lettuce for wrapping

Start to brown the turkey in a large frying pan. While turkey is cooking, finely chop the green onions and water chestnuts, then add them to the turkey. Continue to cook and stir for about 10minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Stir well and simmer until turkey is cooked through.

Put the turkey, rice, cheese, and lettuce on the table and serve family style. Basically the assembly is: a scoop of rice, a scoop of turkey, some cheese, and a shot of soy sauce if desired. Then fold and roll like a burrito or make little cups out of the smaller leaves. Truth be told, my husband just throws it all in a bowl and mixes it up. No matter how you prepare these, half of the filling is going to end up on your plate and there will be a lot of giggling when you look at the person sitting across from you and see them trying to shove it in their mouth before it falls apart! Maybe this is all part of the reason my family loves lettuce wraps so much (aside from the fact that they are REALLY yummy), eating them is good wholesome family fun!


Amy said...

Hi there--
I'm not dealing with food allergies, but I love lettuce wraps and those look great! Some of my readers have food-allergic children, so I'm adding you to my blogroll.

FoodAllergyMom said...

Thank you Amy :)

Traci said...

I made these today and blogged about it! These were so easy to take to the park and the kids and I both loved them. Thank you for adding this!


FoodAllergyMom said...

Traci I'm glad you liked them! I was going to ask what kind of lettuce you used and how it worked for you, but I just read your blog and I see that you didn't have that issue to deal with. Thank you for mentioning me in your blog also! :)

Traci said...

Oh, maybe I was not clear in my blog. Anyway, I did use lettuce! I used the cheap .99 cent. I made sure to take of the lettuce in big peices but we did more of a taco shape rather than a wrap.

Thanks again!