Summer Wraps.

Summer Wraps.

Hey! I’m back!

And with the revamping of my blog, I thought I’d give y’all a Food Series!

 That means a series of recipes all under a general theme, one for each of the year’s four seasons.  You guys can look forward to a new recipe every Monday morning and a new theme for Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.  And judging by these Texas temperatures, we just entered our Summer Series!

So for this first series I will be featuring four amazing appetizer recipes. And with Asian food being one of my favorite types of cuisine, I figured I give you a series of your favorite Asian restaurant apps, so you can finally enjoy them at home.

First up we have some Thai lettuce wraps!

I’m still not quite sure lettuce wraps are a traditional Thai dish, but they are delicious and incorporate some yummy Thai flavors.

*Like on many restaurant menu’s these are labeled as appetizers, but can easily be served as a meal.

Alright so lets dig into this super easy and tasty recipe.

Ingredients.

Wrap

2 Large Onions

6 Whole Carrots (Matchstix Cut)

1 Cucumber (Matchstix Cut)

3 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Handful of Cilantro (plus extra for garnish)

1 Handful of Lemon Verbena (Substitute with Lemongrass)

1 Tb Sesame Seed Oil

2 Tbs Soy Sauce

1 Tb Fish Sauce

1 Tb Garlic Powder

2 Tbs Brown Sugar or Maple Syrup

1 Head of Lettuce (plus extra for garnish)

Lemon Zest

Lemon Juice

Lime for Garnish

Sauce

4 Tbs Soy Sauce

1 Tb Sesame Seed Oil

1 Tb Fish Sauce

1 Tb Rice Vinegar

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

2 Tb Brown Sugar or Maple Syrup

Filling.

Honestly guys this recipe couldn’t be any more simple. To start off you are just gonna heat up a skillet at medium/high heat and add a bit of oil. Next you are going to saute your onions until brown, adding salt and garlic powder for taste. About 5 mins.

Once brown, set them aside and toss your cut carrots in the pan. Saute until their brown, but still have a bit of a crunch. About 4 mins. Take off heat and set aside.

*I used a vegetable cutter to save time, but you can cut these with a chef’s knife too.

Next you are gonna make the meat, so add your minced garlic to the pan with a bit of oil and let cook for about 30 secs. Immediately add ground beef and let brown for a second before adding your lemon zest, cilantro, lemon verbena, garlic powder, sesame seed oil, fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar. Let cook until browned. About 6 mins.

Assembly.

And now it’s time for the fun part, assembling your wraps. Start with a big piece of lettuce and layer your fillings starting with your meat, then onions, carrots, and ending with cucumbers. Garnish with cilantro and lemon verbena. Add a splash of fresh lime juice and your ready to dig in.  Serve with sauce by simply mixing all the sauce ingredients together in small bowl.

This recipe is easy and light, but still has an incredible amount of flavor. It’s perfect for a summer dinner party, just serve in an assembly line format or simply treat yourself to lunch.

Whatever you end up doing, let me know how you dished up this appetizer and how you liked the recipe.

AND DON’T FORGET TO HOLLA: LIKE. COMMENT. SHARE. SUBSCRIBE. 
Elizabeth FAith ❤

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