Thursday, February 27, 2014

Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce (P.F. Chang Inspired)


Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce
(P.F. Chang Inspired)
When you are making a family/friend meal we can tend to get a bit bored...we've had the spaghetti nights...tacos...and the ever boring casserole. We want fun and interactive food to enjoy on those nights we want to sit around a table, laugh, and share. Why not spice it up? Go for something NEW! This recipe shows you how to not only make a fun and interactive meal for the whole crew of loved ones...but also make a restaurant inspired meal. If you've ever been to P.F. Changs, you know that the lettuce wraps are VERY popular and uber DELISH! You will love to make this recipe over and over again. Perfect for a large or even an intimate group. Not only can you serve this family style, but it also makes a great date night in recipe. Pairs great with any of your favorite adult or kid friend beverages. Make sure you have extra lettuce cups waiting as needed for everyone. Your guaranteed to have fun interacting and munching with this one. Perfect for the whole family, Enjoy! 

Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce
(P.F. Chang Inspired)

Ingredients

Filling
2 teaspoons wok oil OR oil of your choice
1 (8 oz) Package Organic Asian marinated Tofu, cubed small (Soy Boy is a popular brand)
1 1/2 cups water chestnut, minced
2 cups organic mushroom, minced
1 medium onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
3 Tablespoons prepared Dipping Sauce (Below) 
2 Tablespoons green onion, minced
1/2 Tablespoons parsley (dry or fresh), minced
Salt & Fresh Black Pepper, to taste
8-10 leaves Organic Boston bib lettuce

Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste

*Add in at the Table* 
-Extra Hot Asian Mustard (as desired taste)
-Crispy Chow Mein Noodle or Chinese cellophane noodles

Directions

Dipping Sauce
Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil. Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you're ready to serve.


*Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps when serving.

Filling

Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan. Saute onion and garlic for 4 to 5 minutes until translucent. Once the onions and garlic reach this stage, add in the mushrooms.


Saute again for 1 to 2 minutes. You can follow that by adding in the diced tofu.



Add in the rest of the filling ingredient and sauteing the filling 15 to 20 minutes until the tofu is golden brown and the mixture is less moist than it was starting out. 




Once the filling is at a consistency you like, taste for salt and add as desired.


When you are ready to serve, pour into a bowl and serve family style with lettuce leaves (cups), dipping sauce, and crispy noodles.



Scoop filling into cups, top with dipping sauce, and noodles. Roll and enjoy with your favorite beverage. Make sure you have extra lettuce cups waiting as needed. You can make this a fun family dinner, there's a lot of interaction and munching. Very fun for the whole family. Enjoy! 

Ready to Serve Lettuce Wrap

-Amy