Thai Lettuce Wraps

Thai Lettuce Wraps
This recipe from has a lot of ingredients and when mixed together it creates that taste you come to expect with a lettuce wrap. If there is an item you don’t care for, you can omit it. This combination of crisp, cold lettuce and the warm filling is a great snack or main dish that’s low in calories and very nutritious.

• 1 head fresh Green Leaf Lettuce- stem cut off, leaves washed and dried
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, grated
• 1 red chili, minced, OR 1/4 to 1/3 tsp. chili flakes
• 2 shallots, sliced finely
• 1/2 cup firm tofu, cut into “matchsticks”; OR 1/2 cup cooked chicken or pork, shredded, OR 1/2 cup cooked baby shrimp
• 2-3 small or 1 large carrot, grated or cut into thin strips
• 5-6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
• 1 egg (omit if vegan)
• 1/2 cup shredded radicchio or cabbage
• 3 spring onions, sliced
• 2 cups bean sprouts
• 2 Tbsp. lime juice
• 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
• 1 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce OR 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
• 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce; Vegetarians: use vegetarian oyster sauce OR vegetarian stir-fry sauce
• 1/4 tsp. sugar
• 1/3 cup fresh basil OR mint, chopped if leaves are large
• 1/3 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
• fresh bean sprouts
• OTHER: 2 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying

Drizzle oil into a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, chili, and shallots. Stir-fry one minute, or until fragrant. Stir-frying tip: add a little water or white wine if the wok/pan gets too dry instead of more oil. Add tofu/shrimp/chicken/pork, carrot, mushrooms, radicchio/cabbage, and spring onions. As you stir-fry, add the lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce (or vegetarian substitutes) and sprinkle over the sugar. Stir-fry about 1 minute. Push ingredients to the side of the wok or pan, and crack in the egg. Stir-fry quickly to break the yolk. Mix in with the other ingredients. Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry briefly to mix (avoid over-looking or it will go limp). Remove from heat and do a taste test for salt, adding more fish sauce if not salty enough. Place the lettuce, sir-fried filling, and the toppings on your table in separate bowls/plates, allowing family or guests to make their own wraps. To assemble, take a whole lettuce leaf and place 1-2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center. Top with a sprinkling of fresh basil or mint and peanuts plus fresh bean sprouts if desired. Then wrap up and eat.

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