Recipe and photos by Launie Kettler
Summer is prime time for hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, sausages, and hearty vegetables on the grill. Or so we’ve been told. But we’re proposing an addendum to those summer party options.
What if hot weather brought us closer and closer to a truly stunning meal that every meat eater will love? Like spicy and succulent browned turkey loaded with the savory flavors of soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, and everyone’s favorite spicy condiment – sambal oelek.
Then you layer on cool cucumber, spicy radishes, fresh herbs and edible flowers for an extra pop of color. (We went with borage, because the little petals taste just like cucumber. Paging Willy Wonka!)
And then folks, you give those lettuce wraps a hit of the reserved marinade and, wow. You have the perfect summer dinner. It’s easy peasy and healthy, too! Plus, a big platter of these wraps will make you the VIP of backyard cookouts.
Also, if you want to bring this to a potluck or a picnic with access to electricity, just throw the spicy turkey into a little slow cooker and you’re ready to roll!
Now round up your ingredients, grab your F.N. Sharp utility knife and lettuce make some Asian turkey wraps!
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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wrap Recipe
Servings: 4 – 6
About the Author
Launie Kettler is a food writer and photographer who cooks big food in a small kitchen in northern Vermont. Her husband and cats are tolerant of the fact that she plays the same Wilco and Son Volt albums over and over while pontificating about the beauty of cumin.
Launie is also the co-author of The Everything Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook and her recipes have been featured in Where Women Cook, Fresh Magazine, and on Salon.