Diary Entry: #4 Sunday, June 20th Dinner for 2 @ 9:15PM
Ground Turkey Larb Thai Salad
- 1 package of Ground Turkey (or ground pork)
- Romaine Lettuce Shredded or Chiffonade
- Cucumber halved and sliced crosswise
- ½ Red Onion cut crosswise
- 3 Garlic cloves minced
- 1 Garlic Scape
- Roasted Rice Powder
- Peanut Oil
- 1 Lime
- 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce (or to taste)
- Red Pepper or Fresh Thai Chilies
- Salt + pepper to taste
*Veggies and Herbs from the CSA noted in green
I was lacking in lemongrass last night so I decided to throw in some garlic scapes for texture and get the ‘lemony flavor’ from a lime. Regardless, the most important ingredients are undoubtedly the Roasted Rice Powder and Fish Sauce. The video below is a short description of what it looks like and how to make it.
INSERT Rice Powder VIDEO HERE!
Larb is basically a salad with tasty spiced up ground meat (traditionally pork) on top. Yesterday I had ground turkey available so I used it. It is an excellent substitution for the pork, though I am partial to the traditional style.
Start by creating the salad. Take two bowls and fill them with the shredded romaine. It doesn’t have to be a super fine shred. Top the lettuce with cucumber slices and some mint.
Next put the peanut oil in a frying pan or wok let the oil heat up and add the garlic and sauté for a tad. (Here’s when you would add the sliced lemongrass if you had it. Add the turkey and brown the meat. Pork tends to have a higher fat content then turkey so the fat renders out and kind of crisps the meat a bit. To get that with turkey you need to make sure you have enough oil in the pan to do the job. After the meat has browned toss in the chilies (or red pepper to taste), salt, black pepper, onions, chopped garlic scape, fish sauce, juice from half of the lime and lastly the rice powder. Stir to combine the ingredients and slightly cook the onions and scapes (you want them to still have texture so be Quick!)
INSERT Finishing up VIDEO2 HERE!
Divide the ground meat evenly and top each of the salads and top with a lime quarter or squeeze it over the top. Serve immediately! Yum! xoxoxo suz + lon