Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lettuce Wraps and Yaki-Soba Noodles

So I know this isn't that traditional, I am using hamburger instead of steak, I had steak but I thought I would give it a try with hamburger because frankly I have hamburger on hand much more often than steak, it is more economical, and if it worked it could be a wonderful go-to meal. Turns out it was great, meat was tender -obviously- instead of chewy and the flavor was fantastic. The noodles are fresh noodles, I found them in refridgerator section near the produce and tofu.
I realize that on top it looks like cheese in this picture but it
is actually crunchy noodles.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
1 lb hamburger
1/2 cup Newman's own Ginger Sesame Marinade
1/2 onion thinly sliced
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 raw peanuts
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
1. Brown the meat add marinade when meat is almost done.
2. Pull meat out, put in a bowl off to the side. Cook onions with soy sauce and red pepper flakes until soft and then add peanuts to warm through. Put meat back in with mixture to stir all ingredients together. Put into a serving dish with a lid to keep warm, move it to the table (can garnish with some fresh green onions, sesame seeds, or crunchy Chinese noodles- I put those in a ramekin off to the side so they stayed crunchy)
3. Cut head of lettuce in half, take out just the inner core (be careful not to pull out too much because those inner smaller leafs are great for littler portions, I used the smallest for Molly) set the heads on the table for people to pick their own lettuce pieces.

Yaki-Soba Noodles
1 pkg. Fresh Yaki-Soba noodles (the brand I bought had three individually wrapped -personal sized portions)
3 green onions sliced
2 tsp sesame oil
1 pkg of seasoning packet from noodles (If your noodles didn't come with a seasoning packet you might need to add a small amount of soy sauce or sweet chili sauce would be good too, and a small- small dash of Chinese five spice)
1. Follow package directions (mine called for me to puncture the packets and microwave for 1 minute, and then put in a pan with a small amount of water with seasoning mixture)
2. After microwaving, I put it in the pan previously used for the meat mixture above and then added 1/2 cup of water and a seasoning packet, green onions, and sesame oil.
I don't think anything can sell a dinner than this picture, she ate so much - she LOVED this dinner!

 Nod to Relish for the original idea on this recipe.


  1. Mmmm this looks delish! I had lettuce wras at PF Changs and loved them, can't wait to make them!

  2. Please let me know if you do make them, I know what my family likes but don't know if other people like it... I would love to hear feedback or if you made it differently other variations!


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