They are visually impressive and a palate pleaser. Lettuce wraps are thought of as a restaurant dish and appear too exotic and time consuming to whip up at home. Not true, they are easy – easy – easy.
I always try to turn difficult into easy when it comes to cooking, without compromising any of the flavor. All the work is in the prep. So remember the trick to a successful stir fry is having everything ready before you start cooking because once the cooking starts, it's FAST!
RINSE & CHILL
Don’t neglect this simple step, it makes all the difference!
It is really important to make sure your lettuce is very crispy. Nothings worse than a lettuce wrap with droopy lifeless lettuce. To assure that you have crispy lettuce; rinse in cold tap water and let sit on a paper towel in the fridge until you are ready to eat. I prefer iceberg lettuce because it has the best crunch. But you could use any type of lettuce. Just make sure it is well chilled.
Buy sliced water chestnuts and half of your work chopping will be done for you.
I mix the ginger, garlic, green onions and Serrano right in to the meat so it will be well flavored and not just get its flavor from the sauce.
Make sure your wok/pan is smoking hot before cooking.
Have a small pot of rice on hand when you make these. Just in case you run out of lettuce… this is delicious over rice too.
1 head iceberg lettuce, cleaned and chilled
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
1 8oz. canned water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 pound ground pork or chicken
1 slice ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 stalks green onion, chopped
1 med. Serrano chili, minced
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. dry sherry
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
Remove the core from the lettuce and slice the head in half from top to core. Rinse with cold tap water. Place cut side down on a paper towel and put it in the fridge to chill (this will make it crispy).
Mix the ground meat with the ginger, garlic, green onions, serrano and cornstarch.
Mix the sauce ingredients together.