When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

Archive for August 25th, 2009




Ground Turkey Lettuce Bowl

This is a delicious and healthy appetizer but in our home we like to serve it as a complete meal!

1 large iceberg lettuce
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce (keep in a small bowl)
1 package ground turkey (1-1/4 pounds)
4 shiitake dried black mushrooms (soak in warm water for 10 minutes or longer until soft)
1 can sliced water chestnuts (5 oz.) drained
½ red bell pepper
2 scallions, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Wash, trim and cut the head of lettuce crosswise in half. Carefully remove 8 large leaves as hollow bowls. The remaining lettuce half can be saved for future use. Drain the water from mushrooms. Cut stems off if any and finely chop. Finely chop the water chestnuts and red bell pepper. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop. In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add ground turkey, cook and stir until the meat separates for about 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms, water chestnuts, red bell peppers and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir fry for 2 more minutes until the ground turkey is cooked through. Stir the sauce again then pour into the turkey mixture. Stir fry for 30 seconds longer. Serve warm.

To Serve:
Spoon 1-1/2 teaspoons of Hoisin sauce onto the center of each individual lettuce bowl. Then spoon about a half cup of the turkey mixture onto the bowl. Eat the filled lettuce leaf with your fingers.

Makes 8 servings
Preparation time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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