Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lettuce Wraps

We love the lettuce wraps at PF Chang's and make a version at home that is really good. They are also pretty fast to make. It's a great change to the menu rotation that the little one and husband really love. I hope you'll give them a try.


1 lb. ground beef, try to find a quality local source or try this
1 cup water chestnuts, diced
2/3 cup mushrooms (any kind), diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. naturally fermented soy sauce, like this one (try Bragg's Aminos for GF)
2 tbsp. coconut sugar, I used this one
2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
Sea salt and ground black pepper, optional

1/4 cup coconut sugar (or less, this is pretty sweet)
1/2 cup warm water or stock
2 tbsp. naturally fermented soy sauce (try Bragg's Aminos for GF)
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, like this one
2 tbsp. tomato paste, like this one
2-3 squirts (1/4 tsp.) of sesame oil, like this one
Hot mustard (optional), we used this one

A small head of iceberg lettuce, washed and leaves separated

How To:
1. Make the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients indicated above in a small bowl, stirring to mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Reserve the hot mustard for individual use.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, saut√© ground beef, onions, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and garlic until the ground beef is browned. Drizzle the soy sauce, coconut sugar, and rice wine vinegar on top and stir to mix. Cook about five more minutes (or longer on low if you need the time), season with salt & pepper if desired.

3. Serve filling in lettuce leaves with your pre-made sauce (and mustard if desired).

Overall, this is about 10 to 15 minutes prep time (chopping) and about 10 to 15 minutes cook time and the recipe above serves four. You could use chicken breasts (diced) instead of ground beef and if you did you might want to add a little butter or sesame oil (or lard) to the pan. In all honesty, we think these lettuce wraps are way better than PF Chang's. You'll have to let me know what you think! 

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  1. My mouth is watering just reading the ingredients ;) This will be a must make! Yum

  2. Found you from Not Your Ordinary Recipes blog :) This looks good!!

    1. They taste so good, I couldn't even get a picture of them in the wraps - they were eaten that fast!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)

  3. I love the wonderful flavor combo!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again tomorrow with more deliciousness :)

    1. Thanks so much for the comment. :) I will stop by at least to look at all the fabulous recipes at your Wednesday Extravaganza!


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