Far tastier than I imagined. I added sriracha sauce when serving & used lots of fresh cilantro & mint. When I make brown rice I always freeze any leftovers so I just defrosted a cups worth in the microwave, made this even easier!
Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps
From EatingWell: June/July 2006
Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.
48 Reviews for Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps
Here are my alterations to the recipe:
1.) Added an additional 1 1/2 TSBP of Hoisin Sauce
2.) Included one medium sized hot red pepper, diced
3.) Cooked 1/2 C of Brown rice in rice cooker instead of using Instant Brown rice. *Note- this will not make a full cup of rice, but I like having more meat than rice in my wraps
4.) used 3/4 cup (maybe a little more) of Chicken Broth. I found that the original recipe was a little dry the evening after I made this the first time. Add more broth kept the dish moist for reheating the leftovers.
Sauces I prepared for this dish:
- 2 TBSP of Vinegar, 1 TBSP of soy, 3 dots of Sriracha
- Kung Pao Sauce
I followed this recipe to the letter with the exception of the five-spice, as I was unable to find it. Instead, I used the same measurement of Allspice, as someone told me that it was similar. However, it didn't make a difference because it did not alter the taste whatsoever. Coupled with that, the two TBS of Hoisen Sauce did not make too much of a difference in flavor either except to make this recipe taste sweet and I don't particularly care for sweet tasting "food". To me, sweet should be reserved for deserts. Also, the photo of this recipe gives the impression that the ground Turkey becomes brown in color, but if it wasn't for the fact that I added some lite soy sauce...that would have never happened. I was reluctant to use ground Turkey as I usually do not care for its taste, but decided to just stick with the recipe as it was. Once again...not pleased with ground Turkey. All in all, this recipe did not taste Chinese at all, which is what I was looking for in the first place. I live 2 mins from Chinatown and believe me, I have eaten some of the best Chinese food anyone could ask for. Trust me...there was nothing Chinese about the taste of this dish.
I made this recipe on a whim, wanting to eat more healthy meals. I read the reviews and improvised a bit using a bit more Hoisin sauce and a bit less of the five spice. I love Hoisin so was not worried about using a bit more, but wanted it to be a bit milder for the kids so used a little less spice. It was perfect and everyone loved it and is anxious to have it again!
I made this on a lark so I didn't have all the ingredients (scallions - used onions), water chestnuts, etc) but it was fantastic. I never usually write a review but the recipe was exactly what I have been looking for. I've tried many other turkey lettuce wrap recipes before but they can't compare. The combination of fish sauce with the fresh basil and mint from the garden (and a little sriarcha) put this meal to another level. Everyone loved it and we ate every bit of it.