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From the Galley: Beef Lettuce Wraps
September 24th, 2014 @ 06:47 PM EST by admin

The illustrious Galley Chef returns!

Beef Lettuce Wraps… Ahhh So Oriental!

Wholesome, fast and tasty lettuce wraps filled with ground beef, chopped cucumber and shredded carrot, flavored with hoisin sauce, peanut sauce and just a hint of mint. So fresh!

Recipe Ingredients:

1½ pounds lean ground beef
½ cup hoisin sauce
½ cup Asian peanut sauce
1 medium cucumber (seeded and chopped)
½ cup shredded carrot
¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
12 large Boston bib lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
Fresh mint leaves

Cooking Directions:

Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in hoisin sauce and peanut sauce; heat through.

Just before serving, add cucumber, carrots, and torn mint. Toss gently and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon beef mixture in the lettuce leaf cups. Garnish with mint.

Makes 4 servings

Try this with the well-priced Open Riesling-Gewurztraminer VQA.

Gardening culinary herbs onboard can be a practical idea, since a little can go a long way. For these, all you need is a small planter, some potting soil, and the seedlings. The main trick here is to find a planter that fits well in a secure location, with plenty of sunlight. Treat your herbs like you would any other potted plant, giving water and fertilizer as needed. Harvest the leaves and/or flowers of the herbs as needed, leaving enough so that the plant can continue to grow.

Damon G. Beggs
sparrow_nyc@sympatico.ca
(Damon is the owner of CATERWAITER Event Catering & Service Staff)

Download a PDF of the recipe.