Lettuce wraps are a favorite appetizer of many at restaurants. They are a light and refreshing way to enjoy a variety of fillings. I just can’t help but wrap my fingers around them!
I wanted to do something with ground turkey because of the lighter fat content, but I didn’t want to sacrifice any flavor. Because ground turkey is so lean, it can be very bland when cooked. I got this recipe idea off of a friend of mine (who’s baby just turned 1!). She made cheeseburger lettuce wraps that looked super delicious. I wanted to add an Asian/Hawaiian flare to mine, so I packed the turkey with loads of garlic, ginger, soy and hoisin to start then I added the big players: cilantro, green onion, sweet pineapple and some peanuts for texture.
This recipe is perfect for those of you who order lettuce wraps as an appetizer at restaurants but want a lighter version at home. I love the flavor profile that came out of this boring ground turkey, but feel free to come up with your own combination. Perhaps you’d like to try this with tofu instead of ground turkey. Let me know if you find a combination you fall in love with!
2-3 teaspoons chopped unsalted cashews (or peanuts) as topping
Mix cooked ground turkey with all ingredients except the pineapple, cucumber and nuts. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (if it needs more salt, add more soy, if it isn't sweet enough, add a bit more hoisin, etc). Remove from heat and fold in the the pineapple and cucumber bits.
Spoon onto romaine leaves (you may need to double yours up so they don't fall apart)
From what I’ve gathered, my Thai Basil Meatball recipe is one of Mister’s favorites. He always eats too many of them and pats his tummy when he’s finished his third plate. Being Spring and all, I decided to bring these back but in a lighter form.
Instead of serving this with heavy thai noodles or steamed rice, we wrapped each meatball in a small piece of lettuce instead. The crisp lettuce added a new crunchy element to this dish and happy taste-buds were born! I’m going to try adding some crispy Asian noodles next time for some major crunch action. Granted, I’ll use any excuse to buy those crispy noodles. I could snack on those all day if I had access to them.