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Friday, July 09, 2010

Seafood Lettuce Wraps

Ontario has been under a heat wave since Sunday and it is not predicted to end until this Friday.  Preparing a no-cook or minimal-cook meal is always important on days like this to minimize any heat in house.  If you are using air conditioning cooking taxes it more and if you don't have air condition extra heat and humidity from cooking does not help.  Tuesday (July 6) it was really too hot to even grill.  I decided on a minimal-cook meal.

seafood lettuce wraps
Dinner consisted of seafood lettuce wraps, peeled pre-cooked frozen shrimp and deviled eggs.   The only thing that required cooking were the eggs for deviled eggs and egg salad for lunch the following day.   The method for cooking hard boiled eggs that I use requires only bringing the water to a boil with the eggs cooking to perfection it the covered pan during the sitting period.    It was a light, refreshing meal for a hot summer evening.

Seafood Lettuce Wraps

1 can (5 oz/142 g) solid white albacore tuna
1 can (4 oz/120 g) chunk crab meat
4 - inch piece of English cucumber, chopped
2 tbsp green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
¼ tsp celery seed
⅓ - ½ c MiracleWhip® salad dressing
1 leaf of lettuce per wrap*

Prepare cucumber, green pepper and red onion.  Place in mixing bowl.  Add celery seed.  Drain tuna and crab meat. Pour the tuna and crab meat into the vegetables mixing well.   Add the desired amount of MiracleWhip® to get a nice spoonable mixture that isn't too runny.  Cover and chill the seafood mixture for about 20 minutes.  Wash and pat dry lettuce leaves. Spoon seafood mixture into the centre of each lettuce leaf.  Roll up the lettuce wrap style.  Cut in half then serve.
Yield: 4 - 6 wraps

*Leaf lettuce is idea for wraps but iceberg lettuce works well to, giving a bit of a refreshing crunch to the wrap.

4 food lovers commented:

LindaG said...

I like the idea of using lettuce instead of bread. And I'm glad to see we can use iceberg since hubby is not a big fan of leaf lettuce. ;)

Have a great weekend! :)

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Linda :) Using lettuce makes for a lighter, more refreshing wrap. Iceberg lettuce gets a bad rap but it does add a lovely crunch. We actually prefer leaf lettuce as I grow several varieties. I don't grow iceberg lettuce as it takes up too much room for the method I use.

LindaG said...

I still buy everything in the store. I am looking forward to (and dreading just a little) having our own garden again. :)

Do you use a window box for your lettuce?
Except for this week (the weather has been so strange), I imagine where you are is very conducive to growing lettuce? :)

Garden Gnome said...

I use both a window box and the main beds for lettuces. The weather here normally is good for lettuces in the spring and fall months. Lettuces normally bolt during the summer months. This spring was too warm for lettuces so it wasn't a good crop. Hopefully the fall will be closer to normal temperatures.