Asian Southern Fusion Meal
Ingredients (serves 4)
- ½ cup uncooked instant brown rice
- 2 peaches
- 12 leaves of bibb lettuce
- 3 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 lb. of ground beef
- 4 tbsp. of hoisin sauce
- 2 tsp. of soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)
- ½ cup of shredded carrots
- 8 oz. of sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
- ⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Cook the rice according to package directions.
- While the rice is cooking, wash and gently pat dry the fresh produce. Set lettuce leaves aside. Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Place the peach halves in a baking dish with the flesh side facing up. Slide the dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the peaches are soft.
- Once the rice has finished cooking, spread it evenly on a flat cookie sheet and place the rice in the refrigerator to chill.
- While the rice is chilling and the peaches are baking, prepare the meat mixture by heating the sesame oil in a pan over medium heat and then adding the ground beef, 1 tbsp. of hoisin sauce, the soy sauce and 1 minced garlic clove (or ½ tsp. garlic powder). Mix the ingredients well and then cook over medium-high heat.
- Once the meat begins to brown and just a little pink remains, add the shredded carrots and water chestnuts; continue cooking until no pink remains in the meat and the carrots are crisp tender.
- While the meat is finishing cooking, quickly make the sauce by whisking together the peanut butter with 1 minced garlic clove (or ½ tsp. garlic powder), 3 tbsp. of hoisin sauce, and about ¼ cup of water.
- Remove peaches from the oven and then sprinkle a total of 2 oz. of crumbled blue cheese over the peaches (each peach should just have a dusting of blue cheese - about ½ oz.).
- Serve each plate with 3 lettuce wraps and ½ of a baked peach. To assemble the lettuce wraps, place 1/12 of the rice topped with 1/12 of the meat mixture on each lettuce leaf and then lightly drizzle with the sauce.
- For a little heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce and/or cook with the ground beef.
- If you aren’t sure about how the sauce will taste, don’t drizzle it on the wraps but serve it on the side, for dipping.
- Sprinkle some green onion and/or lime zest and juice on the wraps for a little more zip.
- This recipe tastes great with ground chicken or ground turkey.