Saturday, 23 June 2012

Spicy mince lettuce cups

I loved the way this spicy mince looked against the green of the lettuce. I made up the recipe but I think it is a bit similar to a larb. It is in the Thai style tradition.

And you know I love my Thai food.
What I used:

Beef mince (ground beef) – I used about a pound and a half or 750g – which meant there was enough for leftovers

Vegetable oil for frying

Garlic cloves – finely chopped

Thumb of ginger – finely chopped or grated

½ red onion finely chopped

Tomato paste

1 tblsp yellow or other curry paste


Lemon zest

1 tsp sichuan pepper (ground)

1 tsp ground white pepper

1-2 tblsp soy sauce

1 tblsp fish sauce

1 tblsp of golden syrup, pam sugar or brown sugar

Good splash of Worcestershire sauce

A few drops of sesame oil (watch out, it's potent)

1 tblsp of hot chilli relish

And to add in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking

1 long red chilli – deseeded and sliced across ways
1 spring onion or scallion, sliced

1/8 approx of a red capsicum (bell pepper)

½ cup of finely shredded lettuce

I would suggest you get all ingredients ready before you start. The quantities I used were based on our love for spicy food. Adjust to your own taste.

Basically you just fry up the first lot of ingredients until the mince is browned, and then add the seasonings. Turn down to a simmer and just before serving add in the last lot of ingredients to keep them a bit crunchy.
Serve in 1 or 2 lettuce cups. For a quick meal just have bread rolls on the side – or you could do rice or noodles.


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  1. Oh, boy, do these look delicious! I love lettuce wraps...and your filling is beautiful~

  2. Looks delicious! I love Thai, and especially lettuce cups. Great flavors in your recipe.

  3. I love lettuce wraps and anything with ginger. These look yummy!

  4. I love lettuce wraps! And this recipe looks delicious.

  5. Spread the lettuce love! I posted about them yesterday :). Your recipe looks yummy.

  6. I have only had these in restaurants.. need to try my own!

  7. What a lovely summer lunch. Great idea!

  8. Carole this looks so lovely!

  9. I so love anything in a lettuce wrap-it is perfect for warm summer days.

  10. Now why don't I ever think serving in a lettuce cup? I've similar dishes in restaurants but never think of doing it at home. I agree with Esme, it's perfect for summer.

  11. What a pretty meal. Sounds delicious with those spices!

  12. Yum, that looks like just the meal I need to beat this horrible summer heat. And it sounds delicious!

  13. That looks delicious! I am with Beth - I never think of serving things in a lettuce cup, even though it makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Looks super yummy! Your seasoning is great. :-)

  15. Wow! Very nice! Thank you for visiting my blog. This recipe looks and sounds wonderful!

  16. Yum!! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

    1. Aimee, you are most welcome. Thanks very much for now following Carole's Chatter. I need to go back and find your blog because I have commented on a couple of linky parties today!

  17. That looks so delicious & flavorful, lovely recipe. Thanks Carole for visiting me and for the sweet words :)

  18. These look great Carole! Thanks for stopping by Mom's Test Kitchen & letting me know about this recipe! I think we will be giving this a try soon!!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Wow! This looks delicious! I love lettuce wraps, but have only had them in restaurants. This recipe looks easy enough to try at home...and believe me, I will! Thanks for the recipe : )

  20. Those look like restaurant quality lettuce wraps!

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  21. Wow, this sounds amazing! A must try for me! thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm now following you via GFC :)


  22. These look good Carole, saw the link up on Mom's sweet confession... Would love if you would link this or any other recipe to our Linky Party that is running through the weekend.

  23. These look like a fantastic and flavorful low car dinner option! I will definitely try these soon. Thank you for sharing at mommy's sweet confessions, see you later today for this weeks party!

  24. Very interesting. I am seeing this for the first time. Looks great.

  25. Ooooo Spicy!!! Looks great! I will have to try this. I found your blog via "Creative Mondays Share Your Pose Blog Hop" and I am now following you. I'd love you to check out my blog sometime. xxx Rose from Milky Moles Makeup & Plus Size Musings

  26. This sounds wonderful, Carole! I love trying new recipes and will be adding this to the list to try! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  27. What a delicious package! My husband eats low carb--I'm always looking for alternatives to bread & tortillas. Lettuce fits the bill! Thank you for stopping in and linking, Carole.
    Michelle @Ms. enPlace


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