I am currently obsessed with this recipe. It’s a perfect summer dish that doesn’t require crazy high oven temperatures. You can serve it warm, at room temp, or cold. It also makes great leftovers. And the flavors are deliciously bold. Not to mention the texture. I cannot get enough of the crispy, cool lettuce, sticky rice and crunchy peanuts. I know what I’ll be making for dinner for the next few nights. . . or weeks!
Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)
Adapted from Cooking Light
For the sauce:
1 teaspoons stir fry oil, canola oil or peanut oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
dash red pepper flakes
juice of 1 lime
For the filling:
1 package extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 Tablespoon stir fry oil or sesame oil
6 spring onions, sliced thin
3 Tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha (more if you like it really spicy!)
1 cup chopped cucumbers
1 cup grated or chopped carrots
2 cups cooked sushi rice
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1 head of Bibb lettuce, washed
Directions: Begin by preparing the sauce (be sure to have the rice prepared ahead of time, unless you prefer to cook it while making this recipe) . On medium heat, in a sauce pan heat the oil and onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
Next, make the filling. In a fry pan, heat the oil and green onions. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the tofu (before adding the tofu, be sure to squeeze out most of the excess water) and cook for 5 minutes, until tofu turns slightly golden.
Next, add the soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and Sriracha. Cook for another minute or two and then remove from heat. Add in the peanuts, carrots and cucumbers. Toss to combine.
Stuff each lettuce leaf with rice, filling and a dollop of peanut sauce.
Serve with additional Sriracha and soy sauce if desired. Cilantro garnish would also be a nice touch.
This peanut sauce is pretty amazing. I imagine it would be good on practically anything.
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