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Turkey Wrap

Lettuce Turkey Wrap (or use flatbread)

Lettuce wraps made with turkey can be light, easy, and delicious.

If you are making these from raw ground turkey, start with about 1 lb. of ground turkey and cook it until it is no longer pink and it registers 165 degrees F. (74 degrees C.) You can also make these with cooked shredded turkey, so this is also a leftover recipe if you have recently had a whole turkey. This will change things up enough that it won’t be seen as leftovers.



You have your cooked turkey, now season it with an Asian inspired sauce.

This can be anything from just teriyaki sauce, flaked coconut, and peanuts, to a sauce made from a mix of ingredients such as minced garlic, minced ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey or hoisin sauce, Sriracha sauce, mustard, and a dash of sesame oil. Now, you don’t need all of these ingredients. Use what you have.

How much of each ingredient? This is the fun part. Taste it. You are performing a balancing act between sweet, sour, salt, and spicy heat called pungency. The turkey will do a good job of adding umami. So maybe start with a tablespoon of each ingredient, taste, it needs more salt, add more soy sauce, needs more sour, add more vinegar. You will end up with a sauce that fits your taste.

What else should go into the lettuce wrap? How about mushrooms, scallions, water chestnuts, shredded carrots, radish, bean sprouts. What other leftovers do you have on hand? They might go too.

Now all you have to do is wrap the turkey in the lettuce along with the other ingredients and drizzle it with the sauce. But the wrap doesn’t have to actually be a wrap. It could also be a lettuce cup. If you are using a lettuce like romaine or iceberg you could just top the open leaves with the filling and drizzle the sauce without wrapping. This is kind of an open face wrap.

And of course this could be served on or in a flatbread wrap if you prefer. Have fun!


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