Moroccan Spiced Lettuce Wraps

Every bite of these Moroccan spiced lettuce wrap is filled with a subtle sweetness from the raisins, robust spices and nuttiness from the roasted peanuts.

I love to be introduced to new flavor combos.

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This past weekend I stopped over to my sister Julie’s for a quick hello and I was instantly greeted with the most intoxicating smell. I couldn’t put my finger on it, I could smell onions cooking with garlic and spices and all I knew at that moment was that I had to find out what she was making asap!

Never mind my daughter and I just had lunch and that I wasn’t even hungry. I was not about to leave my sisters without a taste… and the recipe. Julie then handed me a spoon and I went for it.

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I tasted ginger, a mixture of spices and a little sweetness from raisins. It was crazy-good! The first thing that came out of my mouth after swallowing my bite was “MMMMM! This makes me want to wrap it in lettuce!”

So I did.

Now as you know this is hardly authentic, but it’s delicious and sooooo easy.

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Start by chopping a yellow onion, you’ll need about 1 cup.

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Smash, peel and mince up 1 large clove of garlic.

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Peel a small-ish piece of fresh ginger…

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…and mince up two teaspoons.

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Chop up enough raisins and peanuts {or pistachios or cashews} to equal 1/2 cup each.

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Heat up a large skillet and add in a tablespoon of grapeseed or olive oil.

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Once the oil is glistening in the pan, throw the onions in…

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Throw in the garlic and ginger, toss it all in the oil and cook for 5 minutes or so or until softened.

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While the onions, garlic and ginger are cooking; coarsely chop 8 ounces of cremini or white button mushrooms. As you can see I should have used a larger cutting board. Typical.

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Once the onions are soft and translucent…

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Add in the chopped mushrooms…

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Stir and cook for 4 to 5 minutes…

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Until the mushrooms have shrunk a bit.

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Spoon the onion/mushroom mixture out of the pan and into a small bowl.

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Add a teaspoon more of oil and add in the ground turkey, beef, chicken or lamb. Fee free to use whichever you like, it’s totally up to you!

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Once fully cooked, drain majority of fat and season with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon ground clove.

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Add the onion/mushroom mixture back in…

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…along with the chopped raisins…

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…and 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or cashews.

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Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

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I also added a heaping tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley. Use chopped cilantro or mint if you have it… for some green.

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I wish you could smell this. Strike that… I wish you could taste this. SO so good. I’ve always had a thing for lettuce wraps. It has something to do with the cool, crispy lettuce wrapped around a warm flavorful filling. And of course there’s the whole eating with my hand bit.

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And these lettuce wraps do not disappoint. They are bursting with flavor and so incredibly healthy. Every single bite is filled with a subtle sweetness from the raisins, robust spices and nuttiness from the roasted nuts. It’s a harmonious union of delicious flavors. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

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This recipe makes quite a bit leaving me with leftovers to enjoy for lunch all week long. Brilliant.

Enjoy!

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Moroccan Spiced Lettuce Wraps

Every single bite is filled with a subtle sweetness from the raisins, robust spices and nuttiness from the roasted peanuts. It's a harmonious union of delicious flavors. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Yield: 6+

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Grapeseed or Olive Oil

1 cup chopped Yellow Onion

1 clove fresh garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh Ginger

2 cups chopped Cremini or White Button Mushrooms

1 1/4 pounds Ground Turkey, Chicken, Beef or Lamb

1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground Cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground Clove

1/2 cup chopped Raisins

1/2 cup chopped lightly salted, dry-roasted peanuts, cashews or pistachios

1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh Parsley {cilantro or mint will also work}

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt, more or less to taste

A few grinds of Black Pepper

Lettuce Leaves {iceberg, romaine, or bib}

Directions:

In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-low. Once the oil is glistening add in the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook 5 minutes or until soft.

Add in the mushrooms cooking until soft, 3-4 minutes. Spoon onion/mushroom mixture into a bowl and set off to the side.

Add 1 teaspoon of oil back into the pan, add in the ground meat and cook thoroughly until no longer pink. Drain majority of fat {if any} before adding in the cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Stir and cook 1 minute.

Add the onion/mushroom mixture back in along with the chopped raisins, uts, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook until heated through and serve in lettuce leaves.

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13 Responses to “Moroccan Spiced Lettuce Wraps”

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    Jessica H. — October 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    LOVE lettuce wraps! So pretty Laurie!

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    Sarah Donnelly — October 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I have had the Chinese inspired lettuce wraps before but LOVE the idea of using Moroccan flavors. Combining these spices together in a dish (other than dessert) is new to me, so thank you for this meal idea. Pretty sure I have all these ingredients already so I will be making this recipe this weekend!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love cinnamon and cloves in savory dishes – this sounds right up my alley!

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    Kelli+H+(Made+in+Sonoma) — October 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    These lettuce wraps sound like a nice change that what I usually make. I’m definitely going to try them!

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    Christina+@+The+Beautiful+Balance — October 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I can imagine the scents of those spices cooking on the stove. YUM! Incredible recipe.

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    Lauren — October 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh wow, what a great twist on lettuce wraps! Love the addition of raisins to it. Perfection!

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    Mila — October 24, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Oh, the combination of spices was great in these!!! Oh the aroma… Have tried it already and I should also say they are very nutritious!

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    Catalina @ Shades of Pink — October 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Tasty, delicious and healthy! Love the step by step photos!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Teaw — October 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wow—points for your sister. Wonderful flavor combo. I love Moroccan spicing. I have been a couple three times to a Moroccan restaurant in Seattle and have always thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Exotic to my taste buds—

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — October 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Those look delicious! Although I’m pretty sure I’d eat half of it right out of the pan over the stove.

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    Kelley @ Chef Savvy — October 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    These look amazing! I love the idea of the lettuce wraps. Can’t wait to try.

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    Laura @ My Friend's Bakery — October 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Wow! That looks good! My family would never eat that, but hey, more for me then! Thanks!

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