Shrimp lettuce wraps

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Packaged greens

Makes 4 servings

These wraps make a nice appetizer served solo, or as a great soup accompaniment. They're also a good candidate for a light and tasty lunch accompanied with a basket of pita chips.

1 teaspoon cold water

1 teaspoon cornstarch

12 ounces medium (26 to 30 count) shrimp, shelled, deveined, and cut into ¼-inch pieces (1 ¾ cup)

2 tablespoons Chinese hot oil

2 tablespoons canola oil

¼ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup frozen baby peas

4 green onions, finely chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon dark (Asian) sesame oil

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

8 whole iceberg lettuce leaves

 

Stir together the cold water and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the shrimp and stir until the mixture is evenly combined.

Heat the Chinese hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until they begin to turn pink. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

Heat the canola oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in the shrimp and the remaining ingredients, except the lettuce. Stir for 30 seconds or until the shrimp turn pink and the peas are warm. Remove from the heat.

Spoon a scant ¼ cup of the shrimp mixture into each lettuce leaf and roll.

Paulette Mitchell, a culinary instructor, television personality, spokesperson, freelance food writer, and the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. Paulette's most recently published cookbook is "The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh." She is also the author of "A Beautiful Bowl of Soup" and "The Spirited Vegetarian," which was voted "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Paulette says that international travel is her favorite source of culinary inspiration.