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I'm overwhelmed with green leaf lettuce from my CSA; anyone have a suggestion for a dish other than salads or lettuce wraps?

asked by Anastasia about 2 years ago
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Kukla's Shalotta was a recent contest winner. It looks wonderful!
http://food52.com/recipes...

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I missed that one! Thanks!

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pierino

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added about 2 years ago

I'm certainly not going to turn up my nose at a lettuce wrapped spring roll or lumpia, but nevertheless lettuce can also be added to soups. I'm thinking something like ramen noodles simmered in broth with the lettuce added at the end.

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HalfPint

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added about 2 years ago

I slice into 2" wide strips and toss into my fried rice at the end. It wilts down to alot, but makes a nice change from beansprouts.

I also have a stirfry recipe that cooks lettuce with bacon and chili sauce. But you'll need a sturdy lettuce like romaine or iceberg. http://food52.com/recipes...

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Grill it!! I like to halve it, tie it up in a string for easier maneuvering, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes or until browned. It's everythingggg

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Diana B

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added about 2 years ago

This uses a lot of lettuce! http://www.epicurious.com...

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added about 2 years ago

Gigi26 posted a lettuce soup recipe here that is really nice also:
http://food52.com/recipes...

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Oops! I meant to say that you can sub your green leaf lettuce for the romaine. (We really do need an edit button!)

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Sam1148

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added about 2 years ago

Juice it, or liquify it with a bit of water in a high end blender and make a frozen granita.
Fluff it with a fork and serve in martini glasses with bit of frozen red wine vinegar and salt.
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ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

Most people don't think about braising lettuce, but many of them lend themselves nicely to this cooking method. And it transforms the lettuce.

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boozeandsusan

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added about 2 years ago

Mild lettuces, like green leaf, are great in fruit smoothies! It's a great way to sneak some green veggies and Vitamin K.

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QueenSashy

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added about 2 years ago

I too like it grilled and braised, actually much more than the salad.

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There is a classic preparation of peas with lettuce, probably more of an early spring dish, but may be acceptable with frozen peas.

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QueenSashy

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added about 2 years ago

You must be thinking of Petits Pois a la Francaise... Oh, how I love that dish!!!

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Sara's Green Harissa. Coconut Braised Lettuce (http://food52.com/recipes...). These are from food52, and favorites of mine. Generally, it can replace any leafy green, adjusting for a short cooking time if necessary.

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Aji sauce - WARNING: It is a controlled substance more addictive than methamphetamine! A place in downtown NYC started throwing little containers of this when you ordered Cuban sandwiches - it works great with them but - trust me - you'll be mainlining this stuff:
Peruvian Green Sauce aka Aji

1/4 head of lettuce, torn into pieces (iceberg is fine, romaine is better)
3 jalapeno chiles, seeds and veins removed (I used a habanero from my garden- yep- very hot stuff though I only used one)
1/4 cup mayonaise
5 green onions
1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves (try to avoid the stems)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (I sustituted with about 6-8 cloves of garlic- yea a lot)


(I used a blender instead of a food processor which meant I had to add about a 1/4 cup chicken broth to get it to move.)

Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. It should come out bright green in color.

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HalfPint

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added about 2 years ago

I'm sold and I have all the ingredients. Now what else can I use it for, besides sandwiches?

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Use Aji sauce for anything you would put hot sauce on. When you make it/taste it you'll be looking for stuff to put it on. Don't remember who the genius was who reproduced that recipe - but if I remember I'll thank them again!

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

Well, this classic uses only a little lettuce, but what if you reversed the proportions and used a ton of lettuce and only a few peas?

Petit Pois ("little" - new - peas)

- Thinly sliced scallions, white part – half cup
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Boston or butter lettuce (any very soft lettuce) – chop fine with a knife or shredded on a box grater
- 2 cups or a 10 oz. package frozen petit pois
- Half cup of HOT chicken stock or instant chicken bouillon or less ideally, nearly boiling water

Optional: add finely-chopped mint

Slice the scallions thin (white part, some green just above the white is fine).
Melt the butter and oil together in a frying pan. Add the scallions and stir gently to cloak them in the butter and oil, sautee on medium until soft.
Shred the lettuce and stir into the scallion. It will only take a minute or so to wilt, then stir in the frozen peas and stock or bouillon.
Keep on a medium simmer, uncovered, until everything is tender and the liquid is reduced. Do not overcook.

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I have a recipe on f52 for Manana Tortilla Soup that uses iceberg lettuce.