recipe

Lettuce belongs in more than just salad! This hands-on meal is packed with tender beef, tangy pickles, fresh herbs, spicy sauce, and—of course—crunchy lettuce.

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

¼ cup
mayonnaise
1 to 2 teaspoons
sriracha sauce
3 tablespoons
low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons
packed brown sugar
4
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon
toasted sesame oil
1 pound
85 percent lean ground beef
2 tablespoons
water
¼ teaspoon
baking soda
1 head
Bibb lettuce (8 ounces), leaves separated
1 recipe
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
½ cup
fresh cilantro leaves
4
scallions, dark green parts only, or garlic greens, sliced thin

Gather Cooking Equipment

3
bowls (1 medium, 2 small)
Spoon
Wooden spoon
12-inch nonstick skillet
Serving platter
3
small serving bowls
1
 
¼ cup
mayonnaise
1 to 2 teaspoons
sriracha sauce

In small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha. Use spoon to stir until well combined; set aside.

 
2
 
3 tablespoons
low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons
packed brown sugar
4
garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon
toasted sesame oil

In second small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and oil; set aside.

 
3
 
1 pound
85 percent lean ground beef
2 tablespoons
water
¼ teaspoon
baking soda

In medium bowl, combine beef, water, and baking soda. Use wooden spoon to mix until well combined. Let beef sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.

 
4
 

Add beef mixture to 12-inch nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up meat into small pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes.

 
5
 
1 head
Bibb lettuce (8 ounces), leaves separated

Carefully add soy sauce mixture to skillet (sauce will bubble up) and stir to combine (ask an adult for help). Cook until most of liquid evaporates, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat. Carefully transfer beef to 1 side of serving platter (ask an adult for help). Arrange lettuce leaves on other side of platter.

 
6
 
1 recipe
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
½ cup
fresh cilantro leaves
4
scallions, dark green parts only, or garlic greens, sliced thin

Place pickled cucumbers, cilantro, and scallions in individual serving bowls. To serve, fill lettuce leaves with beef mixture and top with pickled cucumbers, cilantro, scallions, and sriracha mayonnaise.