I'm a huge fan of lettuce wraps. I think P.F. Chang's have THE best lettuce wraps but unfortunately there isn't one close to where I live. I saw this yummy recipe on my friend, K's blog and wanted to eat it off the computer screen! This is a quick meal to throw together and turned out to be delicious!!! Give it a try!
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Source: Hanging By A Thread
1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, pork, or chicken)
Boston Bib or butter lettuce leaves
1 T. cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 T. soy sauce
1/3 c. hoisin sauce
2 t. minced pickled ginger
1 T. rice wine vinegar
Asian chile pepper sauce (optional)
1 (8oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 t. dark sesame oil
Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not to tear them. Set aside.
In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground meat in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. 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 chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame seed oil and cooked meat; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito.