Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps!

These are so good and it makes a TON!!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This delicious, healthy recipe can be served as a family-style meal, an appetizer, or a party buffet. It makes a big batch - enough to eat now, freeze more for later, or feed a crowd.


• 2 tablespoon canola oil

• 3 pounds ground turkey breast

• 1-1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (1 tablespoon minced)

• 3 garlic cloves (1 tablespoon minced)

• 4 medium carrots

• 10 green onions (white and green parts);

• 1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts

• 1 (8 oz) can bamboo shoots

• 1 cup hoisin sauce

• 1/2 cup soy sauce

• 1/3 cup dry sherry

• 1 tablespoon sesame oil

• 1 tablespoon Sriracha or other hot chili sauce or paste

• Boston Bibb lettuce (for a meal, allow 3-4 leaves per person); may substitute other lettuce with small, cup-shaped leaves

• Brown rice, cooked (optional)

• TOPPINGS (optional):

• chopped peanuts

• cilantro

• Sriracha chili sauce

• Asian Peanut sauce (recipe at

• Asian Spicy Lime & Ginger Sauce (recipe at


MINCE THE VEGGIES: Vegetables may all be minced by hand; however it's easier to use a food processor (FP) if you have one. Process in this order: 1. mince the garlic and ginger together in FP; 2. chop the carrots into 1" chunks and add them to FP and process until minced; 3. remove garlic/ginger/carrots to separate bowl; 4. chop green onions into 2" pieces and add with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts to FP; process until minced.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Add canola oil to skillet and heat on stove-top on med-high heat. Add turkey, cook until browned with no pink remaining; break apart chunks with spatula as turkey browns. Add minced veggies (garlic, ginger, carrots, onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts) and cook 5-10 min., until tender. In separate bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, and chili sauce; add to turkey mixture. Stir and cook until heated through, approx. 5 minutes.

TO SERVE: Spoon rice and turkey mixture into a lettuce leaf. Add toppings, if desired. Roll the lettuce leaf and eat.

TO FREEZE: Add turkey mixture to ziploc freezer bags - 2 cups of turkey mix per quart size bag. Flatten the bag, press out as much air as possible, and seal. Put in the freezer on a tray to keep it flat. Once frozen, remove from tray and stack bags in your freezer. May be frozen for several months. Reheats quickly in microwave.

FOR APPETIZERS: Use endive instead of lettuce. Fill leaves with turkey mixture and arrange on platter.

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