My Version of Turkey Lettuce Wraps

One of my all-time favorite appetizers is lettuce wraps.  It’s oh-so-tasty and makes me feel healthy since it ensures I am eating veggies.  Every time I hit up Houlihan’s (do you have one where you live?) for happy hour, no doubt I get the wraps.  I’ve always heard rave reviews about the ones from P.F. Changs, but I have yet to try it.  Either way, these pre-meal tasty treats are sweet, savory, and juicy with a crunch to the bite.  And I find myself craving them just about every day…

So I decided to make my own version of them for a party I attended recently.  I LOVE turkey but you could totally substitute pork/beef/chicken.  Feel free to go liberal on the ingredients and adjust them to your own tastes once the meat is done cooking.  This is sure to be a crowd pleaser at potlucks and parties!  Makes it more fun and interactive as everyone can wrap their own!

Marinate the Meat

– 1/2 lb. ground turkey
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon cornstarch
– 1 egg yolk

1. Marinate turkey with other ingredients for 30 minutes.

Make the Filling

Mmmm look at all those colors!

Sweet Shot Day

– 2 teaspoons cooking oil
– 1 cup onion, chopped
– 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
– 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
– 1/2 cup peas
– 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 1/2 tablespoon white cooking wine
– 1 teaspoon cornstarch
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1 teaspoon sesame oil
– 1 teaspoon white pepper powder

– 1 head of lettuce, medium

1. Put 1 teaspoon cooking oil in frying pan and stir fry turkey until cooked. Put in a separate bowl.
2. Put 1 teaspoon cooking oil in frying pan and saute onions, mushroom, carrots and peas until cooked.
3. Pour turkey into pan and mix everything together.
4. Put other ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour over turkey.
5. Trim lettuce stems and prepare lettuce leaves for wrapping.
6. (Guests do this on their own) Put filling into lettuce cups, wrap it up, and eat!

What are you eating today?

58 Comments

  1. January 25, 2011 / 12:30 am

    definitely nothing as healthy as you! i need to change my waaaayyyyyssss!!!

  2. January 25, 2011 / 12:37 am

    I could eat lettuce wraps all day every day! P.F. Changs does have good ones and so does Doc Chey’s Noodle House if you have one around you. πŸ˜€

  3. January 25, 2011 / 12:39 am

    This looks awesome! I am definitely going to look for some vegetarian alternatives for this dish to make (:

  4. January 25, 2011 / 12:44 am

    SUPER yum!!!

  5. January 25, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Mmmm looks so delicious!!! Must try this soon!!!!

  6. January 25, 2011 / 12:50 am

    If I was skinny & didn’t have to work tomorrow…I’d definitely make this right now at 12AM, lol. That really looks good!

  7. January 25, 2011 / 1:10 am

    um, you just made me hungry, but it’s past my bedtime… hmmm. printing, no writing, no bookmarking this recipe for tomorrow!! thanks Sandy!

  8. January 25, 2011 / 1:12 am

    looks like such a great meal! and love all of the colors πŸ™‚

  9. Hana K.
    January 25, 2011 / 1:30 am

    My version is similar except I use red pepper paste instead of hoisin sauce and also include some water chestnuts for crunch! I love lettuce wraps but the best I’ve had were at Cheesecake Factory.

  10. January 25, 2011 / 2:24 am

    Very tasty! I have not decided what I am making for dinner yet! xxx

  11. January 25, 2011 / 3:14 am

    I have never try a lettuce wrap before!!!! It looks very delicious I would certainly try to make it!

  12. January 25, 2011 / 3:42 am

    There’s this place in town where they make tofu wraps.. and it’s so freakin’ gooooooood.. you don’t even miss the meat!! But this ground turkey wrap looks delish!! and easy peasey to make too!!

    om nom nom.

    I’ve been cooking some yummy stuff lately.. like coconut curry chicken, and my all time fav bibimbap!! mmmm.. Tonight I took a break from “cooking”.. and whipped up buttermilk pancakes!! yum! The hubby was pleased with breakfast food for dindin!

    xx Love & Aloha

  13. January 25, 2011 / 5:01 am

    Oh yummmm! And what sweet family memories you’ve blessed me with. P.F. Chang’s was one of our favorite places to eat at our old home and lettuce wraps was ALWAYS one of the things we would order. I’ve never heard of Houlihan’s. I’ll definitely have to look for one! Thank you for a delicious Sweet Shot Tuesday.

  14. January 25, 2011 / 6:26 am

    That does look yummy!! I’m going to get more adventurous in the kitchen this year…or so I hope!

  15. January 25, 2011 / 8:17 am

    i love when people share their favorite recipes!

  16. January 25, 2011 / 8:35 am

    Mmmmm, I LOVE lettuce wraps! Do you have a California Pizza Kitchen where you live? Because they have an AMAZING lettuce wrap appetizer… my mouth is watering just thinking about it! :] So glad you shared this recipe… I’ll have to try making my own sometime!

  17. January 25, 2011 / 8:53 am

    Looks so good! Thanks for sharing. I keep meaning to get the lettuce wraps at pf changs, but when we do get an appetizer I always end up getting the crispy green beans – they’re delicious.

  18. January 25, 2011 / 9:03 am

    mmm looks delicious!

    today i’m eating vegetarian chicken, cinnamon tea, and mexican rice πŸ™‚

    xo Alison

  19. January 25, 2011 / 9:08 am

    Yummy! Want to come over and cook for me?

  20. January 25, 2011 / 9:18 am

    We are making Onion Bread Pudding with fresh greens tossed in olive oil and vinegar.

    I am a huge bread pudding fan so when I saw that I could have it for dinner and not just dessert, I knew I had to try it!

    I love lettuce cups and you should definitely try PF Chang’s or Pei Wei (they are owned by the same company) sometime–they are very good πŸ™‚

  21. January 25, 2011 / 11:07 am

    Oh yum! I love lettuce wraps and I love the turkey part. So much healthier.

  22. January 25, 2011 / 11:28 am

    Will definitely be trying this! Yum! x

  23. January 25, 2011 / 11:45 am

    Sandy, you are invited over for dinner… but you’re cooking! πŸ™‚ Yum!!

  24. January 25, 2011 / 12:10 pm

    Looks so good! I will have to try this, for sure. β™₯

    xo. kf.

  25. January 25, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    I can’t even tell u how psyched I am to have this recipe! Thank you, sweetie! I absolutely adore them πŸ™‚

  26. January 25, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    That looks amazing. On that note, going to eat my lunch πŸ™‚

  27. January 25, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    Sounds and looks delish! I will have to try these sometime. πŸ™‚

  28. January 25, 2011 / 1:04 pm

    Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  29. January 25, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    that look sooo good! im going to have to try this..yes i do love the lettuce wrap at PF chang!

  30. January 25, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    This looks so yum! Salivating here…

  31. January 25, 2011 / 2:31 pm

    This. Looks. Soooo. Good!! you always inspire me with your food and photos!

  32. January 25, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    oh my, that looks very yummy!

  33. January 25, 2011 / 4:11 pm

    Sandy, this totally hit the spot! I’ll be making this for dinner tonight! πŸ™‚

  34. January 25, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    yummy in my tummy! i’ve getting ready to hop up off the couch and get some lentil stew for dinner.
    Sarah-Anne

  35. January 25, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Ooh, these look so good! And such a healthy choice!

  36. January 25, 2011 / 6:16 pm

    This looks yum yum yum!

  37. January 25, 2011 / 6:50 pm

    We had tacos tonight, but I have a feeling your dish was a wee bit better!

  38. January 25, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    ooo, looks delicious and so guilt-free!

  39. January 25, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    Mmm, these look good! I need something healthy after that ginormous burger I had Saturday!

  40. January 25, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    one word: YUM!!! (is that even a word?!)

  41. Julie
    January 25, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    nice! Did you use frozen veggies to speed up or fresh? The pf changs and pei wei versions are awesome!!! You must try them for sure…also a similar dish at pf changs would be the moo shu chicken (i think) the ones that they wrap at your table. The filling is similar to the lettuce wrap but it has way more crunch and as an added bonus it’s one of the lower cal entrees at pf changs. You and marv should go there for lunch….get the lettuce wraps to start then the moo shu chicken for your entree….u won’t be disappointed! Ok, bye doll πŸ™‚

  42. January 26, 2011 / 9:56 am

    that looks so yummy!!!! i really really need to try this one. i think the family would like it too. with some rice of course (my filipino fam always needs their rice!). πŸ™‚

  43. January 26, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    Looks scruptious! I would love to have some of those right now.

  44. steph
    January 27, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    looks yummy, twinny!

  45. January 28, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    I just showed these pics to the hubs & he’s decided to go to the store for ‘provisions’. Looks like I know what I’ll be making for dinner… πŸ™‚

  46. Glory Pogue
    May 24, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Generally grown as a hardy annual, lettuce is easily cultivated, although it requires relatively low temperatures to prevent it from flowering quickly. It can be plagued with numerous nutrient deficiencies, as well as insect and mammal pests and fungal and bacterial diseases. L. sativa crosses easily within the species and with some other species within the Lactuca genus; although this trait can be a problem to home gardeners who attempt to save seeds, biologists have used it to broaden the gene pool of cultivated lettuce varieties. ..^.*

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  47. Marcella Lafantano
    May 25, 2013 / 1:37 am

    Lentils are also commonly used in Ethiopia in a stew-like dish called kik, or kik wot, one of the dishes people eat with Ethiopia’s national food, injera flat bread. Yellow lentils are used to make a nonspicy stew, which is one of the first solid foods Ethiopian women feed their babies.*^.’

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