Chinese Food Gets A Home Cooked Makeover
Lettuce cups are a great appetizer at any Asian-themed restaurant. But it turns out they're just as easy to make in your own kitchen... and this way, you can add whatever ingredients and spices you like.
Lettuce cups are always a must when I go out for Chinese or Thai food. They're delicious and usually quite filling. The only problem is they almost always come as an appetizer so there's never enough for more than one per person in a family of four. But by making them at home and using a full pound of ground beef, each family member can have at least two lettuce cups leaving plenty left over for a late night snack.
Making them at home also allows you to add whatever ingredients and spices you like. Since I don't like things super spicy, I usually leave out the chili sauce or cayenne pepper. I also have a toddler who's not a big fan of vegetables, so I try to sneak them in wherever I can. This recipe from Sunset Magazine is so versatile you can either follow it to the letter or do what I did and change things up a bit by throwing in a couple of extra healthy ingredients. The delicious sauce hid those "yucky" flavors enough that my son not only finished everything on his plate, he went back for seconds!
Beef and water chestnut lettuce cups
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