Tasteful Thoughts

The New Taco

Could there be such a thing? Yes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about tacos. I love the shells. I prefer soft over crunchy. White, wheat, corn flour. Each just as tasty as the next. I enjoy burritos, enchiladas, open faced, and melted shut with cheese. I would even consider wraps as part of the taco family & those are all delicious.

BUT I have recently tasted and discovered that I enjoy a lettuce wrap just as much as a carb-y delicious taco. I guess they are not too different from a taco but they are. Or at least the way that I created one the other day.

I am new with my relationship with lettuce wraps but it is a budding and happy relationship with much room for happy growth. While at lunch one day at a well known Asian fusion chain restaurant, my friend ordered lettuce wraps to eat for lunch. I didn’t think there was anything special about them since I didn’t try them at that time but I did notice that most tables around us also ordered these wraps as an appetizer.

So this past week my friends and I recreated these lettuce wraps at home and I must say, they were delicious. Maybe it was just the deliciously sauced and seasoned ground chicken filling or perhaps it was the lettuce.

To be honest this seems like a dumb thing to write about but I think that whoever created or just thought of this idea of using lettuce as a holder of food is pretty smart.

Speaking for myself, I just think of lettuce as a side to accompany a main dish or in a salad, but to think of it as a holding device for a food that will be transported into your body is just a whole new can of worms which I personally have never opened.

So anyways, my friends and I made our own lettuce wraps and they were delicious and super easy and I think they were pretty healthy. We bought ground chicken which is less fatty and less calories tan ground beef (a traditional taco favorite). We browned that in a pan, added chopped ginger, onions, and garlic. Then we added hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha sauce. Combined all that and then at the end we garnished it with scallions and water chestnuts.

Other than the taste of this delicious concoction, it was also just fun to eat. The three of us gathered around a table, peeled some leaves off a head of lettuce and scooped the chicken filling right onto the lettuce. No cheese. No sour cream. No pico de gallo. It was a good time all around and finished it off with a bottle of wine. Obviously.

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