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Indonesian-Style Beef Lettuce Wraps

Asian food is a personal favorite of mine, and in particular the region of Southeast Asia. I love exploring new flavor profiles, and the taste of red curry paste, with notes of nutmeg and clove, along with the hint of coconut milk…this sauce has such a fresh yet complex taste. Making Asian meals for my family is always a success because it’s a make-your-own-meal adventure. I set out bowls with the protein, rice, sauce and lots of vegetables – that way my children have a healthy meal and get to choose exactly what’s on their plate.

Indonesian-Style Beef Lettuce Wraps
Author: Kate Wagner
Serves: 4
This sauce is so good, you could also make this recipe with ground pork, chicken or turkey – and make this meal even healthier! Happy cooking!
  • 1 – 11/4 lbs Ground beef, lean (I use 90%)
  • 3 tbsp Red curry paste
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
  • 1 (13.5 – 14 oz) can Lite Coconut milk
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • Accompaniments: rice, lettuce wraps, shredded carrots, thinly sliced cucumbers, minced cilantro, thinly sliced Napa cabbage – all of these ideas, or even one or two, would really enhance this meal
  1. n a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Once fully cooked, drain and set the beef aside.
  2. Return the skillet to the stove top.
  3. Add curry paste to the skillet, if there is no fat clinging to the pan after cooking the ground beef, then add 1/2 tsp of canola oil. I found when using 90% ground beef that I did not need to add any additional oil, that there was a tiny bit of oil left in the bottom of the skillet that was enough for cooking the curry paste and spices.
  4. Over medium heat, stir curry paste a few seconds, until fragrant. Add Kosher salt, ground nutmeg and ground cloves. Mix to combine and allow the spices to “bloom” – that is cooking the spices in hot oil to release the flavors.
  5. Turn heat to low and add the coconut milk. Whisk to combine and then add the cinnamon stick. Mix the ground beef back into the skillet and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove cinnamon stick.
  6. Transfer beef mixture and sauce to a serving bowl.


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