Lots of people rave about lettuce wraps. I know they are a favorite appetizer at a popular chain restaurant, but surprisingly I had never tried them till now. I have been wanting to try them for quite a while but there are hundreds of versions out there and they are all so different! Some seem not in the least authentic, some call for only ingredients I have no hope of finding here in my town – I was hoping for something in between. Finally I turned to Jaden at Steamy Kitchen because I knew she would have a great recipe that didn’t require tons of hard to find items.
These were a really nice light and healthy dinner. I loved the contrast of the warm filling with the cool, crisp lettuce. I also really liked the play between the spicy-sweet flavors. They weren’t super spicy, but just enough to give the mild, slow burn I love. Part of the sweetness comes from the diced apple – it may seem like a weird addition but don’t skip it. Ben and I both agreed that it made the dish. Butter lettuce is recommended for lettuce wraps but I had no luck finding it in the grocery. Maybe next time at the farmers’ market!