February 4, 2008

A Day In The Kitchen: Lunch

Since I have a rather large dinner planned, I wanted something light for lunch. This dish is full of flavor...spicy, sweet, tart, salty...but not heavy in the belly. And good for noshing while watching the first season of Dexter.

Thai Lettuce Wraps

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/4 pound ground beef (chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, or venison also works)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon red Thai chili paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons soy sauce
zest & juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sesame oil
bibb lettuce leaves, washed & dried
  • Saute onion in olive oil--over medium heat--just until slighly softened. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper.
  • Add ground beef & cook until browned.
  • Turn heat to medium-low. Add garlic & ginger, cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chili paste, cook until melted.
  • Add oregano, soy, lime zest & juice, & sesame oil
Serve filling on lettuce leaves.

Go ahead and pop open a cold beer, too. It is your day off, after all.


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