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Spicy Lemongrass-Lamb Lettuce Wraps

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Quick Facts

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 60 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total: 1 hr. 10 min.
Lettuce wraps that are well worth the effort—arrange on your prettiest platter, and serve as an appetizer.


  • 3 Tbs fish sauce, divided
  • 3 Tbs lime juice, divided
  • 2 tsp garlic cloves, finely chopped and divided
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 lb lamb shoulder, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped Thai bird chilies or crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs peanut oil
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup jicama, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces, squeezed dry
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 sprigs cilantro, finely chopped (leaves and stems)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, sliced and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs galangal or ginger root, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped and divided
  • 2 heads iceberg lettuce, inner leaves, each leaf trimmed to about 4-inches wide


  • In medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon garlic, and cornstarch. Add lamb and toss to coat, set aside.
  • To make sauce, in small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 teaspoon garlic, brown sugar, and chilies or crushed red pepper. Stir well, set aside.
  • In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and cook for 10 seconds.
  • Add lamb, stir, and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Mix in sauce.
  • Just before serving, toss lamb with mint, jicama, red onion, cilantro, lemongrass, ginger, and 1/4 cup peanuts.
  • To serve: Put 2 or 3 tablespoons lamb mixture on each lettuce leaf. Top with peanuts, roll, and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 144
  Calories from Fat 76 (53%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(9%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(7%)Cholesterol 20mg
(19%)Sodium 450mg
(10%)Potassium 333mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
(8%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(18%)Protein 9g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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