I am a big fan of lettuce wraps. Is it bad that I didn't realize J had never had them until we ordered the appetizer at the Red Lantern (here)? Oops.
Well, lucky me, he loved them! I had the weekend to myself recently, rare I know, so I actually planned out a few meals for the week. I decided lettuce wraps would be a great meal to make at home. How hard could they be?
I knew we had a sesame garlic marinade in the fridge that was about half full, so while at the store I picked up the following:
- Dry roasted peanuts
- 1 Head of iceberg lettuce
- Shredded carrots
- Steak, just under 1 lb for 2 people (since I knew I'd be cutting it up anyways I bought whatever was on sale)
Honestly, I had every intention of shredding a few carrots myself, but when the bag of pre-shredded carrots are staring at you for less than $2.00, it's worth every penny.
The sauce: In a blender, magic bullet, or food processer, whatever tickles your fancy, blend together the sesame-garlic sauce and a handful or two of dry roasted peanuts. Yes, it was that easy. And let me tell you, it was unreal. So tasty!
We prepped the sauce in the morning and let the steak marinade in it all day.
Peanuty-garlicky goodness right there
1. Saute the meat over medium heat until done to your liking. We're a medium kind of family over here when it comes to red meat.
2. While the meat is cooking, rinse your lettuce, and then cut it in half. One half for me, one half for you.
3. Chop up 2-3 scallions depending on your liking and place in a bowl.
4. Place your shredded carrots in a bowl.
5. Pour a handful of dry roasted peanuts in a bowl, or more if you're like J & I.
6. If you have extra sauce, bring it to the table to add to each wrap.
7. Once everything is good to go, dig in! Peel a layer of lettuce, fill with the marinated meat, carrots, scallions, peanuts, and extra sauce. Wrap. And enjoy!
We both found this dinner extremely satisfying. It's a great healthy, light option for one of the many hot summer nights.
Let me know if you try it! We will definitely be whipping up a batch of these again. And like I said, this is so easy, I don't even think I can call it homemade.