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Asian Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - This is a low fat, super fresh tasting version of the Chinese classic. Since they can be eaten in hands it is kid friendly and makes a good summer time lunch, appetizer or supper. The mixture can be made ahead and reheated to serve, so why not double the recipe.

Asian Mushroom Lettuce Wraps
Preparation Time: 20 minutes - Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz (250 g) fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 8 oz (250 g) ground lean chicken
  • 2 1/2 tbsp (32 mL) grated fresh gingerroot
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) each soy sauce, hoisin sauce and vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (7 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp (1-2 mL) Asian chile or hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green onions
  • 6 hearts of romaine lettuce leaves

Garnishes:

  • grated carrot
  • diced cucumber
  • chopped peanuts
  • chopped mint or coriander leaves
  • peanut sauce

Directions:

Finely chop mushrooms in food processor or by hand to yield 3 cups (750 mL). Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken breaking up with spoon. Stir in mushrooms, ginger and garlic; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until mushroom liquid has evaporated. Stir in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat and simmer about 4-5 minutes to blend flavours. Taste and add chile or hot sauce if desired. Stir in green onion just before serving.

Present lettuce leaves and a bowl of filling on a platter or tray. Have guests help themselves by spooning filling into lettuce leaves, and garnish as desired; then wrap lettuce around the filling to enclose and eat in hands or serve filled lettuce leaves open face on a plate and serve with cooked rice or rice salad and steamed snow peas.

Note:

Reheat in microwave or in skillet, adding a little water if necessary.

Variation:

Substitute ground pork for chicken andadd finely chopped water chestnuts with soy sauce.

You can watch the Asian Mushroom Lettuce Wrap cooking video online at www.mushrooms.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 6 lettuce wraps (3 servings)


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