Shrimp & Vegetable Lettuce Wraps

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The original plan was to make a more traditional lettuce wrap with either ground pork or beef but I really felt like shrimp and it was on sale so this recipe came together, sort of.

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Chopped red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, jalapeno (seeded), and portobello mushroom

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Raw medium-sized shrimp – these are the “easy peel” type so they come with their shell split and the vein removed but they were not frozen. I then coarse “chopped” them because I wanted chunks of shrimp vs. whole shrimp

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Stir-fried the vegetables in the wok just until the mushrooms had released all their liquid and it was evaporated – no seasoning.. just a drizzle of olive oil at the start

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I shook the shrimp in some cornstarch… I wanted a bit of a coating and the cornstarch will thicken the sauce – definitely too much corn starch. Next time I will cook the shrimp uncoated and will thicken the sauce a more traditional way.

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This was part of a FOODS present from my Heart and was the inspiration for this dinner – I really wanted to try it. It is pretty good… a little sweet and not quite as much heat as I would like.

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Once the shrimp was almost cooked (some pieces were & some weren’t), added in the vegetables and tossed for a bit then the Korean BBQ sauce, some soy sauce, and a little water because it thickened up way too quickly (one reason I won’t do the coated shrimp next time) and some sriracha sauce because it simply didn’t have enough Heat. Next time might add a drizzle of sesame oil just before serving. I wanted the shrimp & vegetables to be a little “sticky” so they would not fall right off of the lettuce and rice so I do think I will want to thicken the sauce next time but I need to perfect the method.

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The makings: Shrimp vegetable mixture, Asian short grain “sticky” rice, and red leaf lettuce. Dinner was very tasty, even if it didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned, and my Heart said that it is definitely a “do again”. I am looking forward to the leftovers for lunch… probably not in the lettuce but definitely the shrimp & rice!

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