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Archive for January 29th, 2010

Here is another recipe from the wonderful Kalyn’s Kitchen. I tend to not like my food too spicy, so I used much less chile garlic sauce than recommended. These were gooooood!

Asian lettuce cups with semi-spicy ground turkey filling

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons red onion or shallots

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons grated ginger root

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon chile garlic sauce

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (about 1/2 bunch)

1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

2 small heads Boston lettuce, or butter lettuce, or 1 large head iceberg lettuce

Chop onion and set aside. Peel ginger root, then grate; chop garlic. Heat oil in large nonstick pan, add onion and saute about 2 minutes,  then add garlic and ginger root and saute about one minute more.

Add ground turkey to pan and break apart and spread out with turner, then add soy sauce and chile garlic sauce. Cook until the turkey is brown and crumbling apart, and the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

While the turkey cooks, chop cilantro to make 1 cup. Remove the core from lettuce, separate leaves. Chop peanuts and put in small bowl to serve at the table.

When turkey is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. Serve filling and lettuce leaves in separate bowls, with chopped peanuts in another small bowl. Each person takes a lettuce leaf, fills with desired amount of turkey mixture, adds chopped peanuts, and then eats the mixture from the lettuce cup. Good to fold the lettuce cup over, so it’s kind of taco-shaped, so the contents don’t spill out. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

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