I love lettuce wraps. By far my favorite are those served at the Cheesecake Factory, but my homemade ones are a close 2nd.
They are light, fresh, and totally fulfilling. They are really great for a hot night when you don’t feel like cooking (you can pre-cook the meat and then store it in the fridge and then just put them together – eat them hot or cold – yummy either way)
2-3 tablespoons oil
1/2 a red onion diced very small
3 cloves of garlic smashed
1.5 lbs ground meat (I use turkey or really lean ground sirloin, but feel free to use what you like)
Seasoning to use to your liking: Cumin, Cayenne, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, Onion powder
1 head of butter lettuce ( romaine or red lettuce leaves work nice as well )
1 bag pre-shredded carrots
Assorted fixings as you would like:
Shredded cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, cucumber, bean sprouts
Start by placing oil in a heavy skillet pan and allow a few minutes for it to heat. Then add the diced onion cooking it to semi clear and soft state. Then adding the garlic for a about 30 seconds and then the meat. Cook the meat till nice and brown, should take about 10-12 minutes depending on the type of meat being used.
Once your meat is in the pan cooking, start washing your lettuce leaves.
Rinse them in a slow stream of cold water and then place them in between layers of paper towels to dry till ready to use
Once the meat is fully cooked, lay your lettuce leaves in pairs of about the same size on a platter or plate
(depending on if you are serving yourself or a group)
2 leaves stacked together hold better than 1 by itself in my experience
Then begin to assemble, layering the items you would like on your wraps
In the end you have these fresh, colorful, and simple wraps which you can dress up or down as you see fit.