Friday, July 27, 2018

Honey Garlic Beef Lettuce Wraps

Love lettuce wraps, easy to prepare for a cool summer meal.  
Honey Garlic Beef Lettuce Wraps
Cook's Notes: The inspiration for this recipe came from the Star Tribune's MN food writer Meredith Deeds for her recently published recipe Thursday July 19th . But as I worked through the recipe significant changes were made. 
Mea Culpa Meredith. I used sirloin instead of flank steak for a less chewier taste. Serving rice with wraps was suggested but I substituted  a slaw mixture  from a package of Asian Chopped Salad Mix found in produce. The recipe make 7-8 individual lettuce wraps. I was quite happy our local grocery store carried live lettuce or butter lettuce leaves perfect for the wraps. Thanks to my neighbor Kathleen for adding it to her grocery run. The wraps were just DELICIOUS!

Ingredients:  
  • 3/4 lb. sirloin
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup sweet mini red bell pepper 
  •  2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 TB. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger or 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup orange juice 
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch 
  • 2 cups from a package of Asian Chopped Salad Mix (produce section) 
Directions:
  • Place the package of steak in freezer for 20 minutes. Remove and slice meat in thin strips across the grain.
  • In a bowl whisk soy sauce, honey, Worcestershire, ginger, pepper flakes, orange juice and cornstarch. Set aside. 
  • Chop peppers and onions, mince garlic. 
  • In a fry pan heat sesame oil add in meat strips, onions, peppers and garlic. Stir fry until meat is cooked but still a little red. You don't want to overcook meat.  Remove meat, onions peppers and garlic from pan and set aside.  Wipe pan clean. Add in sauce and cook on low until thickened. Add  meat mixture back in and mix well.
  • To serve add 2 cups slaw mix to meat mixture and place a scoopful in lettuce leaves.
    In the chopped salad mixture are small tortilla strips. I added some to the lettuce wraps for an extra crunch.  
 For some other lettuce wraps recipes on Ever Ready try these links
Curried Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps 
http://sockfairies.blogspot.com/2015/10/lettuce-wraps.html
Copycat PF Chang Lettuce Wraps 

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