Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Different Kind of Lettuce Wrap

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Fez, in downtown Phoenix.  Such yummy decisions to be made on this fusion Mediterranean style menu.  After some deliberation, my dining companion and I decided to get the Fez Lettuce Wraps and one of the kisras. 

Both of these were amazing, and both my dining companion and I were mentally taking notes, as to  how we might prepare those lettuce wraps at home.  We loved the addition of dates, which gave a nice sweet surprise.

  Well, that was a few weeks ago, and I kind of forgot about it...that is until this past weekend.  I needed an appetizer to bring to a dinner party and originally had something else planned.  But, after noticing some chicken breasts in the refrigerator that  needed to be used ASAP, it immediately came to me.  FEZ. Lettuce. Wraps.  Done! 

I played with a the pomegranate molasses and a few other things to get just the right taste of the pomegranate vinaigrette.  Mmmm...just as I remember it to be, tangy, with a hint of sweet.  Perfect! 

Romaine leaves are used rather than iceberg.  I like the difference, as I think it creates a prettier presentation, and easier "wrap," and slightly better nutrition.  I didn't feel like running out to the store, so I substituted a dried fruit mixture that I had in the pantry for the dried pears and cherries.   I always have dates on hand, so they were added in as  well.  Although, I do want to make these again and try the pear/cherry fruits. 

Thanks to Scott for grilling the chicken breasts for me.  I forgot to mention, I sprained my ankle and fractured my foot earlier that day.  We made the appetizer in between spending time in Urgent Care.   This is a Public Service Announcement;  exercise is bad for you.  :)



1 – ½ cup grilled chicken, diced

½ cup jicama, diced

1/2 cup dried fruit trail mix (or dried pears and cherries)

½ cup (8-10 dates) slivered

sliced almonds

1-2 heads of Romaine lettuce

Pomegranate vinaigrette

Pomegranate Vinaigrette:

¼ cup pomegranate molasses

2 Tbsp. Red wine vinaigrette

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. Honey, or more – to taste

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix chicken ingredients together and add ½ of the vinaigrette. Stir to combine. Lay out romaine lettuce leaves over plate. Add chicken mixture and leave extra at bottom of leaves. Cover with slivered almonds and drizzle remaining vinaigrette.


LucyinStLou said...

Oh my goodness! These look delicious.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry about your foot, that stinks!!
But kudos for the lettuce wrap recipe, they look very delicious. Particularly the pomegranate molasses.

Sharon said...

Mo, sorry about your ankle & foot!

I've actually never seen anything but Asian lettuce wraps. Great job on adapting a restaurant dish. Looks quite yummy & the pomegranate molasses is intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Oh this looks so good but I'm really sory about the leg! Ouch.

LisaRene said...

Hope you are mending well. I had a similar exercise induced injury. I was running late at night in the dark and stepped on a pinecone or something and rolled my ankle and I could hear the pop. Every expletive imaginable came out of my mouth during the 2 1/2 mile walk/hobble home. Ouch that hurts! From experience a bit of wine will numb the pain :)

Very interesting and inventive salad wrap, sounds delicious and could easily be made vegetarian :)

Kimblitt said...

I absolutely LOVE these lettuce wraps! I've been having withdrawls since I now live in Virginia and can no longer enjoy this dish. I plan on trying your recipe this week! I'll let you know how it goes.


red boot girl said...

Thanks for the recipe! We dined at FEZ two days ago and I enjoyed the lettuce wraps and have been trying to find a recipe for them ever since. Making it tonight!

Adriana said...

Oh my!!! I do love the Lettuce Wraps here! I can't wait to make your recipe for them :D

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I crave FEZ's lettuce wraps! I just happen to google this today and voila - amazing!!!!