This can be made the night before and reheated the next day for quick and easy appetizer that is healthy and lowfat. Toss fresh cilantro and scallions on top or (unsalted peanuts when not dieting) just before serrving. Have your lettuce washed chilled and ready. If you don't care fish sauce leave it out, I can't imagine eating this without it but some do not care for it.
Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken, pork or beef)
1 head of living lettuce – Boston – washed and kept chilled till ready to use
2 Serrano chilies chopped fine
1 med onion chopped fine
3-4 limes – depends on the juice factor
1 T nuoc mam – or fish sauce
3 T soy sauce – maybe more use your taste
1 T sesame oil
1 bunch of scallions chopped, reserve 1/3 for later
1 cup of cilantro
1 inch of fresh grated ginger
Sauté the meat in a large sauté pan, add the garlic, ginger, peppers, and white onion. Once the pink is gone, add the lime juice, soy and fish sauce. Let it reduce add the green onion and the cilantro (reserve 1/3 of each for the top)
Serve the cooked meat on lettuce leaves that are pliable, you can use anything though – romaine works well for crunchy texture.
Serve with bowls of:
Hot chili paste
Scallions and unsalted peanuts
We add this to each wrap along with a douse of soy sauce.
Wrap the leaf from the bottom, then the sides after you add the condiments
Additional items can be, cooked rice sticks, cucumber, thinly sliced carrot, tiny shrimp, and sliced cabbage.