Vietnamese-inspired lettuce wrap

    1 hour

    This is a easy, wonderful, light yet filling meal with turkey, rice and fresh veg! Fun to eat! You will need at least eight bamboo skewers for cooking the meat. Use beef or pork mince instead of turkey if you wish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g (16 oz) turkey mince
    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons minced ginger root
    • 200g (7 oz) brown rice
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) water
    • 16 large iceberg or romaine lettuce leaves
    • 100g (4 oz) carrots, grated
    • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
    • 150g (5 oz) red pepper, sliced
    • 100g (4 oz) radishes, sliced
    • 85ml (3 fl oz) light soy sauce
    • 85ml (3 fl oz) water
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
    • 1 teaspoon sugar

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a medium bowl, mix together turkey, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 2 teaspoons ginger. Form into 16 meatballs and roll into ovals. Cover and refrigerate.
    2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine rice with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
    3. Preheat the oven grill.
    4. Arrange rice, lettuce, carrots, spring onions, red peppers and radishes onto a serving platter, or place each into individual small bowls.
    5. In a medium bowl, whisk together 85ml soy sauce, 85ml cup water, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger and sugar. Divide into 4 small dipping bowls.
    6. Thread two meatballs onto each skewer. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly.
    7. To serve, place a leaf of lettuce onto the palm of your hand, spoon on a little rice, then a meatball, then some vegetables. Roll up and dip in dipping sauce.

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    The final result with this meal was just as described - a light yet filling meal, and so tasty with the dipping sauce! I love little Gem so I used this lettuce, but found the leaves too small so it all got a bit messy. I'd recommend sticking to a large leaf lettuce! I have one complaint however in that I found the Turkey mince very moist and crumbly after mixing, so it was difficult to form into meatballs and even more difficult to skewer them when flattened into ovals. As a result the skewers weren't very attractive. However as I said, overall very tasty.  -  13 Jun 2012


    This is awesome, fun, and healthy! The only change I made was that instead of making the meatballs, I simply browned and crumbled the meat in a frying pan, drained the fat, then added the soy, garlic and ginger and sautéed for another 2 minutes. We ran out of lettuce near the end, so we wrapped some of the rolls in rice paper wrappers, which was also delicious (and easier and less messy to eat). Next time I think that we will wrap them all in rice paper, and add shredded lettuce to the rolls. A must try!  -  06 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe! Instead of making meatballs, I browned the ground beef, added 1 cup of the already cooked rice and poured the sauce over the meat and rice. I also added about a teaspoon of hot chili oil for a little kick. I have eight children and they all loved it. The hot meat mixture in the cool lettuce leaves is wonderful!  -  13 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)