Orange Beef Lettuce Wraps

These were SO good. Mmm, mmm. And I love that it’s a freezer recipe, too!!! 🙂  We didn’t have peanut sauce, but I think I’ll buy a bottle next time and see how it goes (or maybe, if I’m feeling ambitious, try the peanut sauce from the chinese pork dumpling recipe). You must try this one.

This recipe is from one of my cookbooks, “Don’t Panic, Dinner’s in the Freezer.”

1 1/2 lbs boneless beef top sirloin steaks
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
8 ounces water chestnuts, drained and diced 2 heads green leaf lettuce

Sauce:

3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch

garnish:

shredded carrot
diced cucumber
salted peanuts
peanut sauce (optional)

Cut steak into 1/8″ thick strips and place in a medium bowl. Add 1 T. cornstarch and toss to coat the beef with the starch. Set aside.
Wash lettuce and separate into individual leaves; set aside.
Make orange sauce:  Combine orange juice concentrate, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce and 1 T cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk together and set aside.
Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add red pepper flakes. Add half of the beef and stir fry until brown on all sides, about 1-2 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Remove from wok and set aside. Stir fry remaining half of beef. Return first half of beef to wok and add orange sauce, green onions and water chestnuts. Cook until sauce is thick and bubbly.
To Serve immediately: Place a small amount of beef mixture on a lettuce leaf. Top with garnishes of choice. Fold sides in and enjoy.
To Freeze: Remove from heat and allow to cool. Freeze in a large ziploc bag.
To serve: Thaw in fridge. Reheat in a skillet on low until just warmed through – DO NOT OVERCOOK or the meat will be tough. Place a small amount of mixture on a lettuce leaf, add garnishes of choice, roll up and eat!

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