A Novel Baker event just wouldn't be complete at our house without one of Bandwidth's contributions. The ex-rugby player has no interest in bunnies, but he's keen about food and greatly admires my fellow NBs, Jain (...a quiet life) and Mary (Home Is Where the Boat Is).
He chose a Gordon Ramsay recipe on the basis that Gordon is British, as was Beatrix Potter, and also, Bandy is a huge Ramsay fan. So here is Bandy's version of Chile-Beef Lettuce Wraps.
Gordon Ramsay's Chile Beef Lettuce Wraps
8 oz lean ground beef
8 oz ground pork
Sa salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toasted sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 or 2 red chiles, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce
Zest of 1 lime; juice of 1/3 lime
3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
2 small Boston lettuces (or equivalent), separated into individual leaves
Mix the beef and pork, adding salt/pepper and blending well. Into a large frying pan, add a bit of olive oil. Add the meat mixture to the pan and cook until brown and crumbly. Drain the cooked meat and set aside. Using a paper towel, wipe out the pan. Into the pan, add 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil. Next, add garlic, ginger, and chiles. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the drained, cooked meat. Stir. Add the fish sauce (we used Worcestershire) and stir. Add lime zest and lime juice; stir. Add scallions and stir for about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat.
In a separate bowl, mix:
1 Tbsp soy sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 red chile, thinly sliced
Small bunches of cilantro leaves, chopped
1 or 2 tsp fish sauce (to taste)
1 tsp light brown sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
Adjust the above dressing ingredients to taste.
Pour dressing into a bowl.
Place meat mixture in lettuce leaves and drizzle the meat with the dressing.
Bandy recommends taking a peek at Chef Ramsay's video, which
shows a step-by-step plus tips and commentary.
The Novel Bakers' Beatrix Potter Easter Week will continue today and tomorrow (I'll miss it!). Visit Jain (...a quiet life) and Mary (Home Is Where the Boat Is) for some of the prettiest vignettes I've ever seen, along with festive springtime recipes. You can also find links on the Beatrix Potter Week board at Pinterest.
Bandwidth and I will return tomorrow, April 13, for the Beatrix Potter Easter Week wrap up.
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