Turkey Lettuce Wraps

the turkey

I am fooded out after the holidays. I think I could exist solely on salads and fruit for a couple of weeks, however that won’t feed the family. Jan/Feb Everyday Food has lots of light meal ideas, and I am SO appreciating them right now.

Last night I made Stir-Fried Turkey in Lettuce Wraps. This reminded me of the lettuce wraps dish you can get at PF Changs. It was pretty simple to throw together. Chop up garlic, shallot and grate some ginger. I used some canned chilis (the recipe says to use a fresh one). Cook it all quickly

the wrap

then add ground turkey. Once it’s almost cooked, add in a mix of soy sauce, fish sauce (which smells so bad I almost hate to use it, but it does work) and sugar. Serve with lettuce leaves (I used Boston) and some sliced scallions and carrots and some lime to squeeze.

Hold on to your hats here, but everyone in the family ate this. I almost fell off my chair. I knew Teen Martha would at least try it, but she really liked it. Dude Martha ate huge quantities of the turkey plain and said he liked it. I thought it was delicious. I loved wrapping it in lettuce (I felt so noble using lettuce instead of tortillas!). It drips a little when you eat it but not too bad. Mr. MarthaAndMe needs some lessons in how to roll up the lettuce, but other than that, he enjoyed it too.

This will be something I make again and again I think – very quick and very healthy and no one will whine.

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12 Responses to Turkey Lettuce Wraps

  1. Alexandra says:

    Turkey wraps look delicious. A creative way to get anti-salad kids to eat lettuce.

  2. I love lettuce wraps and these look delicious!

  3. This reminds me of my favorite Thai dish, Larb. I bet some salted peanuts would be nice in those. Will have to pick up that issue.

    I love how even when you’re all croquembouched out you still muster the energy to try some new things.

  4. marthaandme says:

    Well, it is a struggle some days, but I’ve got to feed the family something! We try to eat out or get take out only twice a month most of the time.

  5. Kris says:

    I’m totally inspired every time I come here, to find new recipes to try that I know I can tackle, if you had success! You’re like my barometer.

  6. marthaandme says:

    Thanks! I’m happy to be your barometer!

  7. Alisa Bowman says:

    If you hadn’t have tried this and reported back, I would never have thought of trying it. I’ve sworn up and down that I would never ever in a million years eat anything wrapped in lettuce other than a salad. But if you say this is good, then a lettuce wrap I must have.

  8. marthaandme says:

    I’ve only had them once or twice before. I had a really bad one at Chili’s a hundred years ago and then a really good one at PF Chang’s. My experience was they were messy and dripping. These were good though, so give them a try.

  9. Sheryl Kraft says:

    For someone who likes to cook (well, usually), I am not as brave as you to make so much from so little. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to try to just “throw” things together without worrying about following a recipe to a ‘T’!

  10. CC says:

    I have been wanting to try this recipe. I saw it in the magazine but couldn’t find it again so glad to find it on the web. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes?

  11. marthaandme says:

    The age old dilemma in my house is what do you serve with a dish that is ostensibly a complete meal? You can’t even go with the old standby of a salad with this one! Soup works with this, particularly if you do a wonton or egg drop. When I am desperate for a side dish, I often go with a bowl of grapes.

  12. rabidMike says:

    Brown, or most type of rice works well with this dish. Either on the side as my partner prefers, or in the Boston lettuce wrap itself (as I prefer.) It is really versatile so feel free to get a bit creative. One of our favorites.

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