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Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

4 hours 45 minutes
6 servings

Get ready for a delicious journey as we make Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Perfect for your weekend, this recipe is a breeze to whip up!

Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Get ready for a delicious journey as we make Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Perfect for your weekend, this recipe is a breeze to whip up!
Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps - JenniferMeyering.com

Hey there, foodie friends! It’s that time again—time to put on your culinary adventure hat and join me in the kitchen.

Today, we’re diving headfirst into the world of Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps, and trust me, you’re in for a treat!

So, picture this: It’s a sunny Memorial Day weekend, and the kids are itching for some outdoor fun. But guess what? The grill master, aka my husband, is on duty all weekend (boo, indeed!). Now, I’m not the grilling type, so I’m going with Plan B. I’m enlisting my trusty slow cooker to do the heavy lifting, so I can maximize quality time with my girls.

Let’s face it—I don’t use my slow cooker nearly as often as I should. But when I do, it’s like having a culinary sidekick. Just toss everything in, flick the switch, and voila! Dinner is practically done, leaving me free to soak up the sun, play games, and even enjoy a bonfire. Who wouldn’t say yay to that kind of simplicity?

Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

What Exactly Are Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps?

Now, before we dive into this recipe, let me give you the lowdown on Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps. They’re like little flavor-packed parcels of joy!

Imagine tender, seasoned ground turkey nestled in crisp lettuce leaves. But wait, it gets better—there’s a medley of vibrant veggies, a savory sauce, and a hint of sesame oil that’ll make your taste buds dance.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Alright, I know I’ve teased you long enough. Here’s why you’ll absolutely adore this dish. It’s a lifesaver on days when you want to make the most of your time, and it’s a family-friendly adventure in a bowl.

Plus, it’s customizable to your heart’s content—more veggies, less spice, you call the shots!

Ingredients

Let’s start by gathering our culinary cast of characters:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey: The star of the show, lean and packed with protein.
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced: For that unmistakable aroma and flavor.
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced: Adds a gentle sweetness.
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced: A pop of color and crunch.
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce: The rich, savory sauce that ties everything together.
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce: A salty umami kick.
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice, cooked: Our trusty sidekick, adding heartiness.
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar: A touch of acidity for balance.
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil: The secret weapon for that authentic Asian flavor.

Substitutions & Additions

Now, if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s where you can put your personal stamp on the dish. Feel free to swap in ground chicken or tofu for turkey. Add some extra veggies like mushrooms or water chestnuts. It’s your kitchen playground!

Equipment Needed for Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

How to Make this Recipe

Now, let’s dive into the fun part—making this scrumptious dish!

In your trusty slow cooker, toss in the ground turkey and minced garlic. Cover it up and let it dance on low heat for 2 hours. That’s your prep time to play with the kids!

Next, throw in the diced onion, bell pepper, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Give it a gentle stir, breaking the turkey apart. Cover it back up and let it groove for another 2 hours on low.

Stir in the cooked rice, rice vinegar, and that delightful sesame oil. Pop the lid back on and let everything mingle for an additional 20 minutes—just enough time for your taste buds to get excited!

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Now, let me share some nuggets of wisdom. Don’t rush the turkey—it loves a slow dance.

And speaking of love, if you want to up the spice factor, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

You can even make this gluten-free by using tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. Oh, and if you’re feeling fancy, toss in some chopped water chestnuts for extra crunch.

Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Serving Suggestions

When it’s finally time to eat, grab a crisp romaine lettuce leaf, spoon in that irresistible turkey mixture, and sprinkle it with sliced green onions. Roll it up like a little food burrito, take a bite, and prepare for flavor fireworks!

Storage Suggestions

Now, what about leftovers? If you somehow have any, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They’re almost as good the next day, perfect for quick lunches or a midnight snack attack.

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Recipe FAQ

Can I use ground chicken instead of turkey? Absolutely! Ground chicken or even tofu are great alternatives.

What can I substitute for hoisin sauce? If you’re in a pinch, use barbecue sauce for a similar smoky-sweet vibe.

How can I make it spicier? A pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha will do the trick.

So there you have it, folks—a day filled with fun, family, and fabulous food. Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps are a simple yet sensational way to make memories in the kitchen without the fuss.

So go on, gather your ingredients, and let’s get cooking. Your taste buds will thank you later! Enjoy!

Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

4.75 from 4 votes
Get ready for a delicious journey as we make Asian Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Perfect for your weekend, this recipe is a breeze to whip up!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice cooked
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
Serve and Garnish
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce

Instructions
 

  • In a 5-7 quart slow cooker, add turkey and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
  • Add bell pepper, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir to combine and break apart meat. Cover and cook additional 2 hours on low.
  • Stir in cooked rice, rice vinegar and sesame oil; cover again and cook for additional 20 minutes to warm through.
  • Serve immediately in lettuce wraps topped with green onions.
Stove-top Instructions
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in 5-6 qt. stock pot over medium-high. Add onion and bell pepper and cook 4-5 minutes until onion is slightly translucent and bell pepper is soft.
  • Add garlic and ground turkey and stir to combine. Cook 6-8 minutes, breaking apart while cooking, until turkey is cooked through.
  • Add hoisin, say sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil and stir to combine. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add cooked rice. Stir thoroughly to combine and cook additional 1-2 minutes just to make sure rice is warmed through.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately on lettuce wraps topped with green onions.
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