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. You can find this recipe and many more in our cookbook Kids Can Cook Anything!

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour, plus time to make Quick Pickled Cucumbers
yield
  • Serves 4

Prepare Ingredients

1 recipe
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
¼ cup
mayonnaise
1–2 teaspoons
sriracha sauce
3 tablespoons
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
½ cup
fresh cilantro leaves
4
scallions, dark green parts only, 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
1–2 teaspoons
sriracha sauce

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

 
2
 
3 tablespoons
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.

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

In medium bowl, use wooden spoon to mix beef, water, and baking soda 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
 

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.

 
6
 
1 head
Bibb lettuce (8 ounces), leaves separated

Carefully transfer beef to 1 side of serving platter (ask an adult for help). Arrange lettuce leaves on other side of platter.

 
7
 
1 recipe
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
½ cup
fresh cilantro leaves
4
scallions, dark green parts only, 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.