Monday, February 6, 2012

Lettuce Wraps

Watch out PF Chang’s I have created an awesome copy cat version of your vegetarian lettuce wraps!!!!

So simple and easy to make! First, you need a Sous Chef to do all the chopping for you. J The second thing you need is a better quality “lettuce” than Iceberg….We use Napa cabbage (boat shaped leaves) or Savoy cabbage (rounded leaves). You can find these both at your local grocery.

Ingredients: (enough to feed 6 people)

2 (8 oz) cans water chesnuts (finely diced)
2 (8 oz) cans bamboo shoots (finely diced)
4 cloves roasted garlic (mashed)
4 green onions (diced)
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
16 ounces of mushrooms (finely chopped) – I use shitake, but any kind is fine.
1 (8 oz) package of seitan* (finely chopped) - or can use tofu instead

Spices: (can adjust all of these to your liking)
1 tbs of fresh minced ginger
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbs sesame oil
2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1-2 tsp course sea salt

* Seitan is wheat gluten and has a meaty texture. It does go well in this recipe, however an extra firm tofu works well too. Seitan is sold at most grocery stores in the refrigerated section by the soy products.

1.)    In a large bowl mix all of the above ingredients and spices together.
2.)    You may refrigerate overnight if desired.
3.)    When ready to cook, place in a heated non-stick skillet on your stovetop.
4.)    Stir infrequently for 10-15 minutes till the mixture has softened and the amazing aroma fills your kitchen.
5.)    Place in your “lettuce” cups and eat immediately.
6.)    Can add cilantro or sesame seeds on top too (yum!).
7.)    Beware brawling might begin over who gets the remaining morsels!!
8.)    Serve with stir-fry, rice, tofu sticks or spring rolls…. to make a delicious Asian Feast.


Adults: 2 fist-fighting thumbs up (this is our fave dish to eat)
Children: 4 thumbs up

1 comment:

  1. Hands down, these beat Chang's wraps any old day! :) I have put an add out for a Sous Chef! We'll see what happens.