I’ve been researching ground beef recipes lately. We have a cow processed every year to stock our freezer. It’s better quality, less expensive in the long run, and organic. The deal is, there is SOOOO much ground beef (very lean), and there are so many burgers, taco’s, spaghetti, etc. that a girl can prepare. So I stumbled upon an Asian Lettuce Wrap recipe that looked great. I revamped it a bit, twisted it to a little more American style (so people like my Dad, kids, etc. may try it). Here’s what I came up with:
- Puff Pastry Shells
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce (depending on how much you love that salty goodness)
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce (Matthew asked… “Poison Sauce??? WTH?”, “no dear, it’s HOISIN”)
- 3 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- Asian chile pepper sauce (optional… yet I totally recommend it. I used about 2 tablespoons.. I could have added more)
- 1 (5 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped all the way up to the greens
- 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
- Slice and dice your onions, ginger, and garlic ahead of time. Also, measure out all the sauces into little ramekins. This makes it easy to start throwing these ingredients in once it’s time.
- In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
- Cook the pastry shells as instructed. Make sure you brush the tops with an egg wash before cooking, it gives them a nice crisp.
- Once the shells have cooled slightly, use a butter knife to get the tops off, fill each shell with the delicious filling, and enjoy! They’re even better the next day.
These are the puff pastry’s (in case there is any confusion).
Yum. These are so good. I can’t lie, while I was uploading this photo I got up, warmed up an A.C.B.P.P., burned my tongue… and now I’m sad because my taste buds are scorched. (((sigh)))
I will also suggest sprinkling some cayenne pepper in the mixture. I love heat in my food. So if you do too, go for it.
Let me know what you think when you try this recipe!