Asian Stir-Fry in Lettuce Cups


Asian Stir-Fry in Lettuce Cups

Asian Stir Fry in Lettuce Cup

The week before Christmas, we tried a new recipe: Ming Tsai’s Asian Sloppy Joe Sliders.  This Asian twist on the traditional Sloppy Joe turned out to be a great sandwich which we all enjoyed & it serves as the inspiration for tonight’s dinner.  This evening, we were looking for something a bit lighter {read…no bread} with more of a peanut flavor than tomato.  I adapted Ming Tsai’s recipe, slightly, to suit our tastes this evening.

Asian Stir-Fry in Lettuce Cups

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup celery hearts, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Asian Chile Sauce
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground chicken thighs
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup organic hoisin sauce
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • whole lettuce leaves for serving {butter lettuce, baby romaine or iceberg}
  • lime wedges for serving

Chopped Asian Vegetables & Chili Sauce

Heat the oil in a large deep skillet and cook the scallions, celery, garlic, ginger & chili sauce over medium heat until the vegetables are softened, stirring often.

Add the ground chicken & pork and cook until the meat is no longer pink, breaking up any large pieces of meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks and stirring occasionally.  Stir in the hoisin sauce and bring mixture in pan to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce thickens.

Stir Fry Simmer with Hoisin Sauce

Stir in the chopped peanuts and salt & pepper to taste.

Peanuts whole

Separate lettuce into individual leaves, wash and pat dry.  {Note:  baby romaine lettuce leaves make a very sturdy cup for the stir-fry mixture but I actually prefer the texture of iceberg lettuce…cold, crisp & a high water content complement the spicy stir-fry mixture}.   Spoon stir-fry mixture into lettuce cup, drizzle with freshly-squeezed lime juice, fold lettuce leaf over mixture & enjoy.  For our family, 2-3 lettuce wraps per person makes for a satisfying meal.

Asian Stir Fry in Lettuce Cup

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