‘Tis the Season to Wrap…

If Abraham Kuyper is right…if there is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, “This is mine! This belongs to me!”…then certainly it makes sense for me to include a post about my favorite appetizer recipe. God gave us the good gift of food and the good gift of friends in which to share food. I’m especially reminded of this around Christmas time, when we always have to bring some appetizer to a party. So, I’d like to share with you one of my new favorite recipes. It freezes and reheats really well, so I usually double it and save half for later. Enjoy and Happy (of course, moderate) Christmas Eating!

Asian Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 8 appetizer servings; 4 main dish servings

Ingredients:
16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
1 pound lean ground chicken (can substitute ground turkey or beef)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoon soy sauce (or more to taste)
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or pickled ginger is fine)
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Asian chile pepper sauce or any hot sauce (to taste)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots (or more, if desired)
1 cup shredded cabbage (or more, if desired)
4 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil

Directions:

Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.

In a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat, brown the ground chicken in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often. Drain, and set aside to cool. Sautee the yellow onion in the same pan over medium heat until tender, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, stir, and let simmer 1-2 minutes. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, browned meat and sesame oil, and continue cooking until the onions, carrots, and cabbage just begin to wilt, about 3-4 minutes.

To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat mixture into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, prepare to get messy, and enjoy!

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