From time to time I ask friends of mine what kind of recipes they would like me to share on the blog. I have one friend who suggests sweets each time I ask her because frankly, I think she’s obsessed. So imagine my shock when I asked her a couple of weeks ago if she had anything in particular she’d like me to make. I fully expected her to say “Chocolate chocolate cake with sugar filling and sugar frosting topped with sugar” but instead she said, “You know, lettuce wraps would be nice.” And I agreed.
I first discovered lettuce wraps a few years ago when the whole anti-carb thing was super popular. I was a server during this time and all of a sudden everyone wanted their food wrapped in lettuce. You don’t want that bread with your sandwich? Wrap the filling in a piece of lettuce. You don’t want a bun with your double bacon cheeseburger? Sandwich it between two pieces of lettuce, it’s healthier right? I seriously had one customer tell me that. I on the other hand, didn’t fully embrace the new eating trend because, well any life without pasta is not one that I want to live. However, one thing I really did enjoy were the Asian style lettuce wraps filled with chicken, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and Asian spices. I love the contrast of the savory, yet slightly sweet filling, with the cool crunch of lettuce.
For this recipe, I decided to use a little Chinese five spice powder which you can find in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store. The most common variety has a bit of cinnamon in it that adds a nice touch of sweetness to the mixture. It also has flavors of ginger root, star anise and cloves.
By the way, I told my friend I was writing about her, and she said the chocolate chocolate cake with sugar filling and sugar frosting topped with sugar actually sounded good. I told you she was obsessed. Enjoy!
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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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