Chile-Beef Lettuce Wraps!

Merry Christmas!! Happy day after the apocalypse (or is it??)! Happy…whatever! HA. Hopefully you’ve done all of your holiday shopping already and aren’t one of those people like me who has to do a mad dash into the sea of zombies ( literally….I heard an old lady moan “brains”). The holiday’s are wonderful but always a stressful time with cooking, family, bills, etc,etc,etc,etc,etc get the gist. So take a little stress away with the help of this quick, easy recipe for an appetizer your family won’t forget! And they make it and feed themselves too so all you have to do is set it out! It’s finger food at it’s best! This one comes from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course ( which I linked to in another post), and is packed with flavor and takes only 15-20 minutes to make, and that’s KickAss!



  •  Olive oil
  •     1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  •     1/2 lbs ground pork
  •     Toasted sesame oil, for frying
  •     2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  •  2 inch piece root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  •     1-2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  •     1 tbsp light brown sugar
  •     1 tbsp fish sauce
  •     Zest of 1 lime, juice of S lime
  •     3 green onion, chopped (optional)
  •     2 little gem lettuces, separated into leaves, to serve

For the sauce

  •     juice of ½ lime
  •     1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  •     ½ red chilli, thinly sliced
  •     Small handful cilantro, chopped
  •     1-2 tsp fish sauce, to taste
  •     1 tsp light brown sugar
  •     1 tbsp olive oil


Heat a large frying pan and add a little olive oil. Mix the ground beef and pork together. Season with sea salt and pepper and mix well to ensure that its mixed up all nice like. Fry the meat in the hot pan for 5-7 minutes until crisp and brown and broken down to a fine consistency.Drain the meat in a sieve – this will help it to stay crispy.  Set aside.
Wipe out the pan and add a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Fry with a pinch of salt and the brown sugar for 2 minutes. Add the drained meat and stir to mix. Add the fish sauce and heat through. Stir in the lime zest and juice, then add the green onion, stirring for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and adjust to taste. To serve, spoon some of the mixture into the lettuce leaves, drizzle with a little dressing. Or just tell your guest to get help their own lazy butts! 🙂 Either way, I’m sure they will enjoy it!

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