I know we're in full pre-Thanksgiving mode, but I thought I'd take a break from the ultimate turkey guides and stuffing recipes and plethora of pies (I want one of every kind, please) and share something that falls on the lighter side.
Our favorite restaurant on our Mexico trip was Los Aguachiles in Playa del Carmen. The name comes from a spicy Mexican ceviche (you can read more about it here), but what we really fell in love with there were the lettuce wraps (or los figurines, as they were called on the menu).
Loaded with fresh seafood, bright vegetables and creamy avocado, with a plethora of homemade salsas on the side, we couldn't get enough.
It wasn't my first time eating food wrapped in lettuce (including the amazing Korean fried chicken at Momofuku), but with our first meal at Los Aguachiles came the revelation that we could do this at home as an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.
So then we did - three times so far, and we've only been back I think two weeks.
The first night we made fish wraps: J pan-fried some cumin-spiced haddock (any meaty, mild white fish works well here), then topped it with a cilantro crema (this recipe, with a pinch of sugar added in). We added some shredded red cabbage, slices of creamy avocado enlivened with a touch of lime and sea salt, and lightly pickled red onions, and it was delicious and filling.
Later that week, the lettuce wraps were reprised, this time with a Japanese influence. J made some karaage (Japanese fried chicken) - using this recipe, and if you've never watched Cooking with Dog before you really, really should. We topped that off with some fresh bean sprouts, scallions, and cilantro.
Then we did another round of fish tacos, and they were just as good as the first time.
There's a lot of room for versatility and creativity here, so I've come up with a few other combinations that I think would be good to try out:
The best lettuce to use is Boston or Bibb, but we've made these with leafy green lettuce and it worked out fine too. Have you made lettuce wraps before? What's your favorite filling combination?