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Hot and Sour Thai Turkey Wraps

by in Apr 2004
Hot and Sour Thai Turkey Wraps
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Total Time: 30

Yield: 10 to 12 wraps

The fish sauce is very salty, so season sparingly.

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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh
  • lemongrass, white part only (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 fresh red Thai chiles (or 4 dried red chiles), seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons snipped mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 12 leaves Boston lettuce, washed and dried
  • Fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 lime, cut in thin wedges
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut in thin slivers


Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey and broth; cook until the turkey is no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside. To the remaining broth in the pan, add the shallots, scallions, fish sauce, lemongrass, and chiles. Mix well and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the turkey, mint leaves, and lime juice. Check seasoning; add more salt if needed. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. Bring the turkey mixture to room temperature before serving.

To serve, place about 1/4 cup turkey mixture in the center of each lettuce leaf. Leave unwrapped. Arrange the leaves on a platter and serve the wraps with bowls of mint leaves, lime wedges, and cucumber slivers.

To eat, take a filled leaf and squeeze some lime juice over the turkey mixture. Sprinkle mint and cucumber slivers over mixture. Fold in the left and right edges of the lettuce; roll into a cylinder. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Updated Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

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