I am a writer and a Mommy. I am a devout Jew. These are the most important books I have read: The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell translation. Spiritual Divorce by Debbie Ford. Living Inspired by Akiva Tatz. My kitchen would suggest I'm a closet carny, as would my love of Branson.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kosher Lettuce Wraps

Tonight I attempted a dish that is one of the yummier things you can get to eat at a restaurant - but only if that restaurant is P.F. Chang's.

Have you ordered lettuce wraps elsewhere or even dared to try to make them?  P.F. Chang's has the market cornered on this item.

Well, not anymore.  And I didn't even use chicken to make these.

I bought some kosher Empire ground turkey and with great trepidation set out to make some approximation of lettuce wraps.

I know that anything you can buy and eat in a restaurant you can make in your own home but there are some things that are not worth bothering to make.

Lettuce wraps seemed like a very reasonable thing to attempt.

I used the following three websites to figure out how to make them.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe.html

http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/30/pf-changs-chicken-lettuce-wraps/

http://www.food.com/recipe/p-f-changs-chicken-lettuce-wraps-15865

And this is how I made them:

Ingredients:

Before cooking:
1.  1 tube of Empire kosher ground turkey, thawed overnight
2.  Some cooking sake
3.  Some sesame oil
4.  1 Tablespoon of minced or chopped garlic

Final cooking
5.  1 teaspoon of fresh chopped or minced ginger
6.  1 can of water chestnuts, diced
7.  1 Tablespoon chopped green onion
8.  3 Tablespoons of chopped red onion
9.  Some rice vinegar
10. Some soy sauce
11. Some Hoisin sauce
12. Some veggie oyster sauce
13. Cayenne pepper

That's kind of a lot of ingredients but I always keep most of them in my house.  The things I bought for this included fresh ginger and water chestnuts so this was a great dish for me to throw together.

I guess there is the matter of the wrap itself.  We bought butter lettuce but I found that to be kind of gross so I'm not recommending it.  Maybe you can experiment with iceberg or some other nice, crunchy lettuce or eat it plain or over a little rice.

Marinate the turkey for 1/2 hour or more in cooking sake, garlic, sesame oil and hoisin sauce.

Cook the turkey in peanut oil until it is well browned, in crumbles, and put it aside.

Cook the ginger in a bit more peanut oil and then add the onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the water chestnuts and all the other sauces in there then add the turkey back in there and cook it all.  Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, some salt and black pepper.

It should look and smell delicious.  Taste it and add some more stuff if there is a flavor you like that you don't taste.

I know this is seriously not helpful to anyone in terms of a clear and exact recipe that you can follow. All I'm saying is that I made this tonight and it was so good I felt that I had to share it (especially so I will remember what I did when I want to make it for my parents because they are going to freak out about how good this is).

Please let me know how you make it and what you figure out with the lettuce wrap part.

Enjoy!!




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