In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Beef lettuce wraps

by | Apr 26, 2012

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina.

You can really tell Brian and Lisa had fun making beef lettuce wraps in the video below. In fact, they had so much fun they can’t stop giggling. Hopefully, your family will have just as much fun making these Asian-inspired treats.

Start by browning a pound of ground beef. Pour off the drippings and set the beef aside to cool. Next, in the same pan you used to cook the beef, stir together chopped onions, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and red-wine vinegar. After those ingredients have cooked together, add green onions, sesame oil and the cooked beef. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in chopped cucumber, shredded carrots and torn mint. To serve, wrap the beef filling in your choice of Boston, iceberg or Romaine lettuce leaves.

Lisa tops the beef mixture with a combination of chili paste, white vinegar and soy sauce for a kick of flavor. You can find fresh N.C. beef and other locally grown ingredients for this recipe at area farmers markets and roadside stands. To find a location near you, go to