I love it when great taste and good nutrition meet! The genesis of this was plain and simple . . . hunger and the desire to have something healthy! I had all the ingredients in the refrigerator so it was just a matter of measuring, mixing and cooking. With all the fragrant ingredients the house smelled awesome.
I often lean toward Asian flavors, could have something to do with working almost ten years working for an Asian hotel chain (Mandarin Oriental). This dish, although not based on a traditional recipe it is certainly full of flavor.
For old thymes sake,
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 ½ teaspoons roasted sesame oil
1 bunch chopped cilantro
3 teaspoons soy sauce
3 teaspoons kosher salt
½ recipe of my essential cabbage slaw
16 lettuce cups romaine or bib lettuce work great
- In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the slaw and the lettuce. Mix well with a rubber spatula, trying not to let the mix warm up too much.
- In a nonstick pan cook a small amount to check and see if it has enough salt. You can adjust if needed.
- With your hand roll the mix into little meat balls about ½ ounce each. The mix will be a little soft but will firm up as they cook.
- Depending on the size of the pan you have you can cook the meat balls in batches. Put a small amount in oil in the pan and when it is at a medium heat add the meat balls. Cook moving them around until they are cooked through (165f). Try not to overcook as the turkey is lean and will dry out quickly.
- Serve them with the lettuce for cups, the slaw as a topping, and any other toppings you can think of. I like sautéed hot chilies or roasted peppers.