Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups

The Finished Product!

YUM. Easy on the waist line too.

"Serve Yourself" from Cute Serving Ware! Break out those dishes!

“Serve Yourself” from Cute Serving Ware! Break out those dishes!

Time Saver: Quick Chop the Aromatics (carrots, garlic and fresh ginger.)

Time Saver: Quick Chop the Aromatics (carrots, garlic and fresh ginger.)

Cooking turkey meat and carrots mixture in about a tablespoon of remaining bacon fat.

Cooking turkey meat and carrots mixture in about a tablespoon of remaining bacon fat.

Ingredients for the Green Garnish Mix

Ingredients for the Green Garnish Mix

We made Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps last night. This dish is quick and easy. Thanks to Taylor Eason (.com) for the initial recipe. Here, I’ve bumped up the spices and added garlic and hot sauce to kick things up a notch. I’ve spent too much time in Asia not to need that good “burn” at the end of a plate!  This serves three to four adults.  I will be doubling this recipe next time!

In a small processor, finely chop 3-4 medium carrots, 3-4″ of peeled/coarse chopped ginger, and 2 cloves garlic.

In a large sauce pan, cook 3 pieces of platter bacon. Cover to prevent splatters. Remove bacon to a plate covered with a paper towel to let bacon cool and drain. Next, Cook 1 pound ground turkey with the carrots, ginger and garlic in the bacon fat.  I opted for 0.5 lb breast and 0.5 lb turkey thigh meat for flavor. Cook until cooked through.  Stirring often.

While turkey mixture is cooking, in a large bowl mix 4 tablespoons chopped Cilantro (leaves from one bunch), one bunch of sliced green onions (about 1/2-3/4 cup), 3-4 tablespoons chopped mint, juice from one lemon and one lime, three shakes fish sauce, 3 shakes EVOO, 3 shakes sesame oil, and half-3/4 of a Jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped).  It’s a heady mix of savory green goodness and it’s ok if quantities fluctuate.

Tear and clean 12-18 leaves of Butter Lettuce. Dry and arrange on a pretty plate. Transfer Green Mixture to a serving bowl. Crumble bacon into a small bowl with spoon. Slice 1-2 limes and place in another cute bowl.  Place the still-warm Turkey mixture into a warmed bowl (that’s a nice touch) and feast! We love extra heat and drizzle Sriracha hot sauce over the top of each Wrap.

We paired with our Annadel Estate Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

HEAVEN! Happy Eating!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 slices platter Bacon
  • 1 lb ground Turkey
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 4″ fresh Ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 4 limes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small bunch mint
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • Fish sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Butter Lettuce — if you don’t have the Lettuce, eat this savory mixture in a bowl.
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce

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