Tonight’s dinner really hit the spot!! The day started out a bit chilly but warmed up quite a bit in the late afternoon. Something light and refreshing was what I really wanted. Thai lettuce wraps would be perfect. They are light, refreshing, full of flavor and super easy to make. The Thai salsa that I make is one of those things that you can totally improvise with things you have on hand or really like. I didn’t have any radishes or I would have added that to mine.
For the Recipe:
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1/2 c. shitake mushrooms, diced
1 tbsp. grated ginger
1/4 c. lime juice, fresh
1/4 c. fish sauce
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 c. chestnuts, diced
1 Thai chili (if you want it spicier use more)
3 tbsp. lime juice, fresh
1/2 c. red onion, diced
1/4 c. snap peas, thin sliced diagonally
3 green onions, sliced
1/4 c. red pepper, diced
1/2 c. cucumber, deseeded and diced
1/4 c. carrots, diced
1/2 c. cabbage, thinly sliced in small pieces
1/2 c. cilantro, roughly chopped
lettuce (buttercrunch, green leafy, red leaf, or even radicchio would work)
Heat the oil in a pan and add the meat. You could easily use all chicken or all pork, I just like the combo. There will be a bit of fat from the ground pork so drain it when it’s almost all the way cooked and some of the liquid has cooked down. Add the mushrooms, lime juice, fish sauce water chestnuts, and Thai chili. Cook until meat is completely cooked. Set this aside and let cool.
In a bowl add all the ingredients for the salsa. When you chop your vegetables try to keep them similar in size. As I mentioned before, you can add or omit whatever you want. Since I had the cucumber I don’t like to keep this for long or it gets too watery and mushy. Yuck!!
Use the lettuce as a wrap, and the rice either in the wrap or to the side. For low carb omit all together.
There is a lot of tang from the lime juice in the meat and the salsa but I like to serve some on the side for those that like even more. Also, you could chop up some Thai chilies to serve on the side for those that like the extra heat.
Notice there is no salt in this recipe, it comes from the fish sauce so don’t add more!!!