Sunday, February 1, 2009

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This was posted on a message board and it is too yummy not to share!


* 2 tablespoons oil
* 1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
* 1/2 large onion - chopped
* 4 cloves garlic - minced
* 1 cup water chestnuts - finely chopped
* 1 large head butter lettuce
* 2 carrots
* 5 green onions - chopped

Special Sauce

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup water
* 2 tbsp. hoisin
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
* 2 tablespoons ketchup
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
* 1/2 to 2 tsp red chile paste based on how spicy you like things
* 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water

Stir Fry Sauce

* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons hoisin
* 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar


Bring 1 tbsp. oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan. Saute turkey, onions and garlic until browned. Add water chestnuts and saute over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add brown sugar, soy, hoisin, and vinegar for the stir fry sauce. Saute and stir for a few more minutes until combined.

While the turkey is browning, make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small pot over medium heat. Add hoisin, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice, sesame oil, and hot chili sauce to your taste. Bring to a boil, stir in cornstarch mixture to thicken, and turn off heat.

To Serve:

- On a plate place separated lettuce leaves (cut in half if really large), ribboned carrot (use your peeler), and chopped green onion. Place warm turkey in a serving bowl, and special sauce in a separate serving bowl. Everyone makes their own. Lettuce, chicken, carrots, green onion, and then a drizzle of sauce. Wrap and then enjoy.

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