Quick, easy and savory Umami Lettuce Wraps will please any crowd.

Suggested wine pairings follow the recipe.

These will match even the best restaurant version that you've tasted. In our experience, leftovers never last through the following day. May be served as either an appetizer or entree.

Cook Time:10 min
Prep Time:15 min
Total Time:25 min
Category:Appetizer or Entree
Cuisine:Asian
Yield:6 - 8 servings
Method:Stovetop
Preparation
1. Allow meats to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 2 hours, before cooking. This prevents meats from becoming tough and rubbery when cooked.

2. Heat a 12-inch or larger skillet over medium heat, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. coconut oil and ground meats. Cook until just browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, crumbling the meats as they cook. Transfer meat to paper toweling to drain.

3. Wipe pan clean and return to heat. Add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, onion, and choice of veggies. (If using Napa Cabbage, add at same time as jicama strips.) Cook until onion is translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until garlic is softened and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes more. While aromatics are cooking, in a liquid measuring cup combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, chili sauce and miso. Stir to mix.

4. Return meat to pan. Add sauce mixture. Stir in jicama, cooking 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Serve in lettuce leaves. Allow guests to top with chopped peanuts, if desired.
Ingredients
* 2 - 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
* 2 lbs ground Chicken or Pork (we like half+half mix)
* 1 Onion, diced
* 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
* (Choice of veggies: 8 oz Carrot Shreds; 8-10 oz Mushrooms, sliced; 2 cups Napa Cabbage or Bok Choy, sliced in 1/2 wide strips; 1/2 cup Broccolini; 3 Mini Sweet Peppers, cut in 1/4 wide strips)
* 1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce
* 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
* 2 Tbsp Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
* 2 Tbsp freshly grated Ginger
* 2 Tsp spicy Asian-Style Chili Sauce
* 1 - 2 Tbsp Shiro Miso (mild yellow)
* 1/2 cup Jicama in matchstick dice
* Roasted Peanuts (optional)
* 3 - 4 mini hearts of Romaine Lettuce

Suggested Wines:

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING

Domestic
Look for Methode Champenoise or Traditional Method stated on the label. Another option is Pét-Nat (pétillant naturel) wine, produced in the artisanale or rurale style.
Imported
France: Champagne, Cremant
Germany: Sekt
Italy: Asti, Prosecco
Spain: Cava

CRISP, DRY WHITE or ROSÉ

Domestic
Texas: Albarino, Trebbiano, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rosé
West Coast: Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rosé
Imported
Argentina: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, white Bordeaux, Sancerre, Muscadet, Petit Manseng, Picpoul Blanc, Rosé
Germany: Dry Riesling
Italy: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Frascati, Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Garganega (Soave), Orvieto, Gewurztraminer
Portugal: Vinho Verde (Blanc or Rosé)
South Africa: Chenin Blanc, Rosé
Spain: Albarino, Verdejo, Godello, Viura, Rosé

UNOAKED, MEDIUM-BODIED WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Vermentino, Semillon, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay
Imported
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, Macon Village/Saint-Véran, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Picpoul Blanc
Italy: Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano, Greco, Cortese (Gavi)
New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc

FULLER-BODIED, RICH WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Roussanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier
Imported
France: white Bordeaux, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Charlemagne, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Alsace Pinot Gris
Italy: Chardonnay

FRUITY, LIGHT-BODY RED
Domestic
Texas: Ruby Cab, Dolcetto
West Coast: Pinot Noir
Imported
France: Beaujolais, Côtes du Ventoux, Gamay
Spain: Tempranillo

Cooking and entertaining with friends means that you should be alert to ingredients that commonly cause food-related health issues. One such ingredient, monosodium glutamate (MSG), is a trigger food for those who suffer from migraine headaches. It’s widely used in many Asian sauces — both bottled and powdered forms. Read all labels carefully and avoid items with MSG. You may need to check your local Asian ethnic market or a health-conscious food store for MSG-free versions.

 

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