Monday, March 16, 2009

What happened to spring?

It's been raining since Thursday, oh well hopefully this means that the flowers will be especially pretty when spring finally arrives.

Speaking of spring, here's a recipe that reminds me of spring.. lettuce wraps with peanut sauce:

Lettuce Wraps:
1 package of chicken (find one that is less than 1lb) finely chopped
2 stalks of celery finely chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 package mushrooms chopped
1 can water chestnuts chopped
3 cloves garlic finely minced
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon hoison sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1 head iceberg or boston lettuce

In a wok or large skillet heat 2 tablespoons vegetable or other light colored oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add to the wok and stir fry. Add the mushrooms, onion and celery and stir fry. Add the garlic and water chestnuts and continue to stir fry. Add the cayenne pepper and pepper. Now add the honey. Make sure to mix well. Now add the sauces and allow to cook until the sauce thickens.

Keep the lettuce in tact and tear off entire leaves. Fill the lettuce cups with the chicken mixture and serve with peanut sauce (below).

Peanut Sauce:
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon chili oil
1 teasspoon sesame oil (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Add the chicken stock to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until warm. Add the peanut butter, honey, chili oil and cayenne pepper and sesame oil. Whisk together until a smooth sauce forms. Sauce will thicken as it cools, add more chicken stock if the sauce is too thick. Serve with lettuce wraps.



Anonymous said...

ooo... yum, yum!

Katie said...

They are pretty awesome and not that horrible for you, lots of fresh veggies! Glad you enjoy my posts!

CTB said...

Thanks for the comment. I HAVE to visit that thrift shop! Sounds unbelievable! I live in the Charlotte area, but $20 Gucci sounds well worth the drive!

CTB said...

I left you something on my blog! :)