Good morning, blog readers! Guess what? I actually cooked a dinner this week! Yes, amid my very busy schedule of late, I finally managed to make a meal. It was delicious!
At our house, we love lettuce wraps. I didn’t even have to search for a recipe on Pinterest, because this one is already a family favourite.
– 1 head lettuce
– 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
– 2 packages of lean ground turkey meat (or beef, if that is your preference)
– Hoisin sauce
– Soy sauce
– Ginger (peeled and minced from chunk no larger than the pad of your thumb)
– 2-4 large carrots
*Note: This recipe is also very good if you add chopped water chestnuts – we just didn’t have any)
Directions: (for the crockpot – I will write about doing it in a pan instead at the end)
1. Lightly coat the bottom of the crockpot with sauce (both a dab of hoisin and some soy sauce).
2. Put ground meat into the crock pot. Mine was partially frozen still, but thawed would be better.
3. Top the meat with dribble of sauce.
4. Add ginger (I used a chunk no larger than the pad of my thumb, peeled it, and used my special mincer to mince it) and garlic.
5. Put crockpot on high for several hours (could be 5 or 6, even longer, depending on when the meat is cooked). I opened my crockpot up several times throughout the day and “chunked” up the ground meat, though I suppose this could be done at the end.
6. I added more sauce throughout the cooking process and also scooped out some of the liquid from the thawed meat after it had been cooked. When you know the meat is done, have a taste of the mixture to make sure the spices are to your liking. Add more soy or hoisin if needed.
7. Once it has been cooked, clean a head of lettuce and peel off the layers, trying to keep each layer in tact to create little lettuce bowls.
8. Peel and shred 2-4 carrots (I peeled four in the photo, but only grated 3).
9. Add carrots and mix.
10. Serve. I put the meat in a large bowl and place in the centre of the table with a serving spoon. Each person can take a “bowl” of lettuce and fill with meat mixture.
**How to cook this in a pan:
Mix all ingredients (except carrots) in a deep pan and cook until meat is done. Add carrots at the end and serve.
*Note: This can get really messy, so I would eat over a plate or bowl.
This is a delicious meal that my husband and kids love. I like my crockpot version, but it is faster in the pan. Over all a favourite in our house!
Enjoy and thank you for reading!