A couple of days ago, I was asked if I could come up with a recipe for Beef Lettuce Wraps. I knew it wouldn’t be a difficult task, but that wasn’t the part that worried me. If you think that dinner without carbohydrates would go over well in my household, well, you obviously don’t know me as well as I thought.
Stuff some fillings in a tortilla, pita, bun, bagel or between two pieces of bread and I will scarf it down with absolutely no regard for my daily caloric intake. Stuff something in a lettuce leaf and try to pass it off as dinner and I will roll into the fetal position and comfort myself by eating a pound of bacon stuffed in a loaf of french bread.
What I’m trying to say is… I likey me carbs.
However, I was pleasantly surprised at how satisfying these were. Beef in an Asian style sauce, topped with a boatload of veggies and crushed peanuts. It was the perfect combination.
It also may have helped that a friend demanded I order an entire Greek Chicken Souvlaki dinner for lunch yesterday. And by demanded, I mean she casually told me she was ordering Greek food for lunch and I jumped out of my chair and screamed TZATZIKI SAUCE!
Either way I was still kind of full by dinner time.
All jokes aside, if you wanted to make these a little more filling, you could always add some steamed rice or noodles to the mix.
4 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
Juice of Two Limes
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tbsp Siracha Chili Sauce (only if you like it spicy)
1 lb (16 oz) strip steak cut into thin strips (you could also use the pre-cut stirfry beef they usually have at the grocery store)
1 tbsp Peanut Oil
1 Red Pepper, thinly julienned
2 Medium Carrots, thinly julienned
1 cup Beansprouts
1/4 cup Thinly Chopped Green Onion
1/2 Cup Roasted Salted Peanuts, crushed or chopped roughly
1 Head of Leaf Lettuce, washed, dried and separated into leaves.
Mix together all of the sauce ingredients, add the beef and stir until coated. Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat, add the peanut oil and heat. Add the beef to the hot pan and stir-fry until cooked through and sauce is thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove to a bowl and garnish with one teaspoon of the green onion. Serve with little bowls of each of the veggies, peanuts, green onions and the lettuce leaves so that everyone can make their own wraps the way they like them.