Hello bloggie friends! I hope your Wednesday if off to a good start. I’m excited because we are ripping out the floor in our kitchen and great room today and getting new tile installed tomorrow! I’m not excited about the mess and losing the kitchen for a few days, but the end result will be worth it! This may mean that my blogging could be sketchy the next few days. We shall see…
I’m reposting a recipe I created a while back that still gets many anonymous comments. It is my copy-cat version of the lettuce wraps served at FEZ, a contemporary Mediterranean - inspired restaurant in downtown Phoenix. Hip, urban, and just a little bit different, it was the menu – particularly the lettuce wraps, that will keep me coming back.
Here is the menu description:
fez lettuce wrapsminced grilled chicken with dried pears, dates, dried cherries, almonds, pomegranate vinaigrette & romaine cups
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.
FEZ Mo’s LETTUCE WRAPS
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
1-2 heads of Romaine lettuce
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.
Not your typical lettuce wrap, hese are delicious as a light lunch, or great as an appetizer to bring to a dinner party. Let me know if you try them!
Have you ever copied a restaurant meal or appetizer and feel you succeeded?
This is probably the closest I’ve come to recreating the real thing.