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Cambodian Lettuce Wraps

 Recipe by Robin Wright in ‘Share’ cookbook. This is an absolute winner for 'nibbles' with drinks. All your friends will want the recipe - guaranteed!









4 Little gem lettuce

4 Tablespoons clear honey

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 cm piece ginger, peeled and grated

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

150g Walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts

60g Celery, diced

60g Red capsicum, diced

60g Carrots, diced

25g Spring onions, chopped

30g Fresh coriander, chopped

½ to 1 red chilli, chopped

Salt and ground pepper
For the garnish:

100g Beansprouts

1 Carrot, grated or in very fine julienne strips

Fresh coriander leaves

½ Cup Sweet chilli sauce


Carefully pull lettuce apart to leave the leaves whole. Wash and dry with kitchen paper or in a salad spinner.

Place honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and sesame oil into a food processor and blitz to combine. Add the nuts, vegetables, coriander and chilli to the food processor and blitz until evenly chopped to a thick, lumpy paste. Season to taste.

Scoop 2-3 teaspoons of  the mixture onto each lettuce leaf and top with beansprouts, carrot, coriander and a  drizzle of sweet chilli sauce. I like to pile the various ingredients onto a platter and let people assemble the wraps themselves.