This is such an excellent recipe for a quick, week night meal. Loads of flavor and something different to have. I printed this off a food blog and now I can't find which blog it was from! I modified the recipe to the tastes of my family, and we all loved it.
- 16 leaves boston bibb lettuce
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1⁄4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
- 1 bunch green onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil (dark)
- Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
- In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, and sesame oil, and continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
- Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito.
Made half a recipe for the two of us. A little sweeter than we like so will use less hoisin and more Thai garlic chili sauce. Served with an Asian salad and then mixed into the salad and was better.
We found this ok. Think I'll try a few others, see if I can get someting with a little more 'je ne sais quoi'. Thanks though, for your recipe!
I've made this at least 5 times. It's so good. I also add some ground pork. Other than that, everything else is the same. I use romaine lettuce since they're bigger to spoon into. Wonderful flavor!!!