Thursday, November 3, 2016

Insanely Easy Thai Lettuce Wraps

Last night I was needing a quick and easy dinner that used a pound of ground beef and decided to try out this recipe because EVERYTHING that I've made from Taste of Home is a hit.  I had pretty much everything on hand (I did have to stop in for sesame oil) and when the meat was done I realized that in a random stroke of luck I had recreated one of my VERY FAVORITE meals EVER!

A few months ago the country club started serving these AMAZING Thai Chicken lettuce wraps.  It was love at first taste.  Ground chicken in this incredibly tasty sauce wrapped in crisp bibb lettuce.  While the meat was simmering I tasted it and was absolutely giddy that it was pretty much the exact flavors in my beloved chicken wraps from the club.  I quickly called Dave and asked him to grab some lettuce on his way home and my new favorite easy dinner was born.

Here's what you'll need...
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- rice (I used brown)
- bibb lettuce


Step 1 - Brown the ground beef with the sesame oil and garlic.  Drain.



Step 2 - Throw in the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper.  Stir.  Simmer.
(I simmered for about 20 minutes and most of the liquid had reduced down. It was perfection)



And you're done.  Seriously.


I served mine with bibb lettuce and brown rice to make lettuce wraps and they were AMAZING!!!


The original recipe calls for red pepper and green onion, but since I was serving these to my kids I left those out and I thought it was perfect.  If you like more spice you can try adding them in.




So those are my pretty pictures I snapped outside and this is what actually went down at the table...


For the kids I actually just mixed the rice and beef together and tore up the lettuce and mixed it in. 


Y'all.  Make these tonight.  And then make them the next night again because you won't have any leftovers.  Can't wait to hear what y'all think!!!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

23 comments:

  1. Those look amazing! That'll be on our menu next week for sure! I make lettuce wraps with the premade Aidell's teriyaki and pineapple chicken meatballs. They're relish and so, so easy.

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  2. I am making these tonight!!! Like you, I just have to pick up sesame oil. Thanks!!!

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  3. These look so good! I love a good lettuce wrap!

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  4. Looks good! I've been looking for some easy lettuce wrap recipes. I'll have to try this one next week

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  5. These look so so easy and delicious! Putting it in my list for next week.

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  6. Can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. Yum! Looks easy and good! Thanks!

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  8. One other thing... where did you find your salt & pepper set? I love it! :)

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  9. Making these for lunch today, yum!

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  10. WOW this looks yummy and so easy Chelsea @ http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  11. Yum! I can't wait to make this for my family! Just one question - do you use ground chicken or ground beef? It says one in the intro and the other in the recipe. Thanks!

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  12. Those look and sound so good! I have never tried lettuce wraps!

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  13. ooooo these look so yum and easy ! :D

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  14. I made these during my lunch hour for our dinner tonight! I made a lb of gr beef and a lb of gr turkey. They turned out amazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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  15. I made this for dinner tonight and it was easy and delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe.

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  16. I made these tonight and added shredded carrots and chopped peanuts as toppings!

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  17. Yum! I'm sharing about a chicken lettuce wrap recipe in my post tomorrow. They are so good! :)

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  18. sounds great, but do we use ground BEEF or ground chicken??

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  19. Any recipe that is titles "insanely easy" has my name all over it!!

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  20. Just made this tonight!! So good!

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  21. Made this last night for the in-laws. Everyone ate it up!! :) Hubby wants to know when we can have it again! Thanks Andrea!!

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