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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:13 AM
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Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings, 1 1/4 cups filling each
Ease of Prep: Easy
Recipe Ingredients
  1/2 cup water
  1/2 cup instant brown rice
  2 teaspoons sesame oil
  1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  1 large red bell pepper , finely diced
  1 8-ounce can water chestnuts , rinsed and chopped
  1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (see Note)
  1 teaspoon five-spice powder (see Note)
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  2 heads Boston lettuce , leaves separated
  1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs , such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  1 large carrot , shredded

Recipe Directions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. To serve, spoon portions of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.

Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

Notes: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

Be real and unashamed.  Even of your faults.  -Amy Bloom

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