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Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps

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I remember before I started on the GAPS Diet I used to hear about people eating hamburgers with lettuce leaves wrapped around them and I remember thinking that I would never do that.  Why would I?  I had “regular” hamburgers buns to eat, gosh darn it!

And then I started on GAPS, and my relationship with food changed dramatically.  It’s amazing to me but my mouth waters at the thought of a lettuce wrapped burger.  Especially one with some bacon grease or lard drizzled on top of the burger fixins if you don’t have homemade mayonnaise on hand.

You can use romaine lettuce, or green or red leaf lettuce for wraps, burger or even tacos and they are very easy to pluck away.

I like using iceberg because it has less flavor and if you prepare the leaves and let them sit out for a few hours until they become kind of wilted, they work even better.  At least I that’s my preference.

The only problem when you’re using iceberg lettuce is the leaves are often hard to remove.  I have had times where I removed half of the leaves to get 3 or 4 intact leaves.  One day I had a brainstorm. I decided to ask the cook at my job if she had any ideas on how to remove the lettuce leaves any easier than the way I’d been trying it. She’s been in the food industry for over 20 years and she told me to use water to help the leaves fall away from the head.

So I went home and tried it.  It worked great and I’ve been doing it this way ever since!

Here is a video I put together which shows exactly how it works.

And here are some written instructions, in case you don’t have 2 minutes to check out the video. :-)

  1. Cut around the core with a knife, and bang the core against a hard surface. This will allow you to easily remove the core.
  2. Remove any leaves that are blemished before starting.
  3. Place a strainer in the sink to catch the leaves as they fall from the head.
  4. Find the outermost leaf and begin working there.
  5. Turn on the water, and lightly pull the stem of that lettuce leaf back to where the stream of water can flow down in between the outermost leaf and the next leaf.
  6. As the water streams in between the leaves, the outermost leaf will grow heavy and will fall away from the head. Assist this falling away by cradling the head of lettuce with your hand so that you control the movement of the lettuce leaf. You increase your chances of more intact and useable leaves in this way.
  7. Find the next outermost leaf and follow the same process.
  8. Place a burger, or a dollop of chicken salad, or bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on the lettuce leaf.  Fold the stem part over the food, then tuck the left and right sides in and finish by folding the burger onto itself to end up with a completely wrapped sandwich.
  9. Garnish, if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

This post shared at Fat Tuesday.

I would love to hear from you in the comments if you’ve had this same problem, and if my solution has been helpful. Thanks!! Starlene

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9 comments to Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps

  • Hi

    Cute video – just a comment on cutting the core out – I usually just bang the lettuce (firmly) on the core, give it a twist and out it comes. Saves having to manage the knife :-)

    Shelley
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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Shelley! I have tried that before but it doesn’t seem to work out for me. Maybe I’m not whacking the core hard enough?

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    Shelley Reply:

    LOL Yeah – it does take one or more good smacks down on a chopping board – great for stress relief! ;-)
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    Starlene Reply:

    LOL, okay I will try that next time. :-)

  • My husband is diabetic and so we’ve used this idea before. Love lettuce!

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    Starlene Reply:

    Lea, cool! I had not heard of this method so I thought I would share. :-)

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  • Wow I have never done this much work on it, I just take a raw lettuce leaf and wrap around. I love it. I add in pickles or kraut, avocados, onions and tomatoes. I will try thi though it looks good.

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    Starlene Reply:

    It sounds like you have had good luck with removing the ice berg lettuce leaves! They often rip apart for me and it was so frustrating! You’ll have to let me know if you try it sometime. ~Starlene

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  • Michelle S.

    Hi Starlene,
    I absolutely love using lettuce leaves for the bun! It adds a nice crunch that i like and is so delicious with my homemade gaps ketchup and mayonnaise and a few sauteed onions on top of my grassfed burger. Yum! Thanks Starlene!

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