Friday, January 14, 2011

Turkey & Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps

Attempting to get back in the swing of healthier eating, I was delighted to see this recipe over at The Cilantropist.  Great name, right?  Her blog is chock full of beautiful food photos and wonderfully tasty recipes.  These "Larbs" were the answer to my "what should I do with this ground turkey" dilemma last week.  They were a hit.  My husband said "I think I could eat these everyday."  Wow.  Really quick and easy to make too, not to mention no silverware to wash!  I hope you give them a try.

Quick note - the original recipe called for butter lettuce leaves.  Two grocery stores and there were none to be found, so it was curly lettuce for us.  Next time I see butter lettuce though, I grabbing a head and some more ground turkey!

1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 of a medium-sized red onion
Juice from 3 limes
1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
Lettuce leaves for serving
Rice noodles
Heat a bit of oil in a non-stick skillet to brown turkey, cooking completely.  Season with salt & pepper. Drain off excess fat and set aside to cool.

Slice the onion very thin (I used my beloved mandolin) and place in a medium bowl with the lime juice. Toss to cover the onion slices completely with the juice, as this will help to neutralize the bite of the raw onions. Then add the cilantro, mint, red pepper flakes, garlic, soy sauce, and cooled turkey and toss well to combine. Put mixture in the fridge to marinate for at least one hour or overnight. Who doesn't love a do-ahead recipe?
To serve, cook a small amount of rice noodles according to package instructions and cool to room temperature. Put some noodles on top of the lettuce leaves and top with turkey mixture. Wrap it up and enjoy dining with your hands.  Yum!


  1. Looks good! I saw Giada make this for her Thai insipred show. Always wanted to try it, because we do like lettuce wraps. I had some ground turkey and wondered what to do with it last night too. My daughter helped with a suggestion and we made my white chili, which was perfect because I hand everything I needed already! :d

    You gotta love less dishes to wash :D

  2. ooo a gluten-free meal, i SO wanna try this! and the soy sauce can easily be subbed with wheat-free tamari. wow very tasty!! <3

  3. This does look like a great make ahead recipe! I love lettuce wraps, they are so refreshing and satisfying.