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.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes - Cooking Time: 10 minutes
- 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
- grated carrot
- diced cucumber
- chopped peanuts
- chopped mint or coriander leaves
- peanut sauce
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.
Reheat in microwave or in skillet, adding a little water if necessary.
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)