Spicy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This week I participated in a recipe swap with some fellow bloggers. The theme was “easy weeknight meals” and this is the recipe I was given. I was pretty excited when I saw it – I tried to make something similar a few years ago and it was a complete flop. I’ve been hesitant to try them again without a tried-and-true recipe.

These were excellent – and easy.  Start to finish, they took less than 30 minutes to pull together. It’s definately something we’ll make again!

Spicy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
(from I Was Born To Cook)
Serves 4

2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 T. ginger root, peeled and grated
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
4 T. soy sauce 
2 T. chili-garlic sauce
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 c. chopped peanuts 
1 head iceburg lettuce

Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add onion and saute about 2 minutes, then add garlic and ginger root and saute another minute.

Add ground turkey to frying pan and break apart, then add soy sauce and Sriracha. Cook until the turkey is brown and crumbling apart, and the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

While turkey cooks, wash and chop fresh cilantro. Remove the core end from lettuce and separate leaves. Chop peanuts and put in small bowl to serve at the table.

When turkey is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. 

Place turkey mixture on lettuce leaf, sprinkle with peanuts, and fold the leaf closed to make it easy to grab and eat.

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