Colorful Lettuce Bites
These tasty lettuce bites are a beautiful-looking and extremely flavorful nibble that can be prepared hours in advance. This is a healthy and delightful snack that your guests will rave about.
Great for: heart healthy, healthy snack, low calorie, vegan
Nutrients: fat, protein, vitamin C
Ingredients for sauce:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted (available in grocery store baking sections)
- 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons scallots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Asian bean sauce
- 3/4 cup vegetable stock
- 1 cup organic palm sugar or raw sugar
- 1/4 cup tamarind liquid
- 1 teaspoon light organic soy sauce
Ingredients for lettuce bites:
- 1/2 cup toasted coconut (see below)
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
- 1/2 lime, cut into 1/4-inch chunks (with peel)
- 1/2 cup shallots, cut into 1/4-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh green thai chilies, thinly sliced (use jalapenos for less punch)
- 1/2 cup raw peanuts, shelled and halfed
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 head lettuce with cup-shaped leaves (iceberg, butter, or Boston lettuce)
Directions for toasted coconut:
Dry-fry 1 cup sweetened shredded dried coconut in a small skillet over medium heat until it is lightly brown and fragrant, for 3-5 minutes. Toss it often as it browns so that it won't burn. When done, transfer it to a plate and let it cool. Then use or place it into and airtight container until use.
Directions for sauce:
- Use a mini processor to blend the coconut, ginger, shallots, and Asian bean paste. Grind to a fairly smooth paste. Use pulses and scrape the sides down as you grind. Add a little vegetable stock to blend more smoothly.
- In a saucepan, combine the coconut-ginger paste, vegetable stock, sugar, tamarind, and soy sauce. While stirring, bring to a rolling boil over medium heat and continue stirring. Boil for 2 minutes and ensure that the sauce does not boil over. Reduce the heat to a gentle boil and scrape the sides down until the sauce is dark brown and thickened to a medium syrup (ca 10 minutes).
- At room temperature the sauce for the lettuce bites should be a bit thicker than maple syrup but thinner than honey. Transfer it to a bowl and leave it uncovered to cool down. Once at room temperature, cover it tightly and refrigerate until use.
Directions for lettuce bites:
- Arrange all the ingredients except the lettuce in separate heaps on a nice platter or in small bowls. Separate the leaves and arrange a plate of pretty, cup-shaped leaves.
- Place the sauce into a small deep serving bowl and provide a serving spoon.
- The lettuce bites are served in this separate form, which looks really pretty and appetizing. To eat, take a lettuce leaf, add small amounts of each treat on it, and then top with a dollop of sauce. Fold into a small pocket and pop into your mouth - and then marvel at the wonderful exotic and exciting taste experience!
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