Sunday, October 6, 2013

Asian Beef Lettuce Cups

Asian beef lettuce cups is the perfect low carb, kid friendly, easiest dinner party appetizer ever. Instead of making these as wraps (which you can most certainly do) making them as cups makes them so elegant. Instead of using sliced steak, using ground beef will get you eating in no time. 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1-2 tablespoon soy sauce*
  • 1-2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce*
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • Salt*
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Iceberg lettuce, cut into wedges
  • Carrots, jullienne
  • Red cabbage, jullienne
  • Sesame seeds to garnish
*As always, suit to taste!


In a skillet, start by heating up oil on medium heat. Add in the ground beef and begin to brown. Do not stir the meat around too much otherwise, it will turn gray - not good! Add in the salt, garlic powder, ginger powder. Stir a bit. Next, add in garlic and ginger pastes, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and rice vinegar. Allow beef to cook thoroughly for 15-20, lowering the temperature to low heat and stir occasionally. Once it is cooked, add in sesame oil off of heat. Let beef mixture cool for about 5-10 minutes before assembling into lettuce cups to prevent the lettuce from wilting.

Assemble the lettuce cups by taking a few pieces of lettuce and placing a few tablespoons of the beef onto the lettuce. Add in the carrots and cabbage on either sides and top with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

That's it! Simple, easy and deliciously beautiful.


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