Un-wrap This Appetizer

All right, I’ve already discussed my obsession with Asian cuisine, but seriously…I think it may actually be a problem. Am I in a rut? A delicious Thai-Chinese-Japanese-Indian inspired rut? It may just be that I have a theme (but I also really love tacos, so that just throws the whole theory out of whack).

These wraps are similar to what you get as an appetizer in restaurants. If you love lettuce wraps there you’ll be happy to know just how easy they are to make at home! (And cheaper than $8.95, I would guess). They make a great appetizer if you’re having friends over for dinner, though on this particular evening the BF and I ate them as our entire meal!

Lettuce Wraps
–2 oz. (1/3 of a “typical” package) Cellophane noodles (also known as bean threads)
–1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
–garlic, minced
–minced cilantro, as much or as little as you like

–crushed red pepper flakes

–1/4 cup soy sauce (I use the low sodium kind)
–1 hearty spoonful of chili paste
–TBSP or so of sesame oil
–head of Bibb, Butter, or Iceberg lettuce, washed and separated into leaves

Cover the noodles with boiling water. Let them stand for a few minutes until softened. Then drain and rinse them with cool water. Chop the mass into thirds.

Cook the ground meat and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until salmonella-free.

In a bowl, combine the cilantro, soy, chili paste, and oil. Add the noodles and meat to the mixture and toss well to completely coat.

Spoon mixture onto each lettuce leaf and roll up. Each head of lettuce has 20 or so leaves that are a good size.

Dammit Jim, I’m a cook, not a doctor…
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6
Calories: 196 per serving (3 wraps)

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