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Casual Dinner Party Playlist, first course - PF Changs Lettuce Wraps

 

The Recipe

 

The Wine

 

The Dinner Music

16 Boston, bibb or butter lettuce leaves (or head of lettuce, rinsed, using large leaves) Hint-cheaper and better hold of the good stuff.

 

1 pound ground chicken breast

 

1 large onion -- chopped

 

1/2 Cup pine nuts, chopped (optional)

 

2 tablespoons minced garlic

 

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

 

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

 

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

 

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar

 

2 teaspoons Asian chili pepper sauce (see Note)

 

1 can (8 ounce size) sliced water chestnuts -- drained, finely chopped

 

1 bunch green onions -- thinly sliced

 

2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil




 

 


Valckenberg 2008 Gewurztraminer Pfalz QbA - White Wine

by Valckenberg from German, Germany. Warm weather in spring fostered an early flowering. Summer was typical with no extremes of temperature or storm, but with more rain than in 2007, but equal to the 10-year average. Periodic rainfall delayed picking, but there were enough dry periods to harvest healthy grapes and it paid to wait for ideal ripeness. The wines of vintage 2008 are promising: rich in nuances and substance, complex, very aromatic - and all this, with moderate levels of alcohol. A full-bodied, medium-dry white with a lovely aroma of roses, accompanied by flavors of ripe peach and litchi. Fruity on the front, this Gewurztraminer finishes a bit drier with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.

 

 

Zebra - Beach House

Zebra

 

The Strangers - St. Vincent

The

 

Love Like a Sunset - Phoenix

Love

 

Lola - The Kinks

Lola

 

Squalor Victoria - The National

Squalor

 

Ocean of Noise - Arcade Fire

Ocean

 

Heard Them Stirring - Fleet Foxes

Heard

 

Faust Arp - Radiohead

Faust

 

The Penalty - Beirut

The

 

Pacific Theme - Broken Social Scene

Pacific

 

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

God

 

Infinity - The xx

Infinity

 

Chemtrails - Beck

Chemtrails

 

Impossible Germany - Wilco

Impossible

 

Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones

Street

 

    preparation

     

    • Rinse lettuce leaves, keeping them whole. Set aside to drain.
    • Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often to break up the meat. Add onion, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar and chili sauce. Cook until the meat is crumbled and brown. Add water chestnuts, pine nuts and green onions. Cook until onions begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
    • Stir in sesame oil. Arrange lettuce leaves on the outer edge of a platter. Spoon meat mixture in center. Allow diners to spoon meat mixture into lettuce leaves and eat like a taco.
    • Note: Asian chili pepper sauce can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets. Some brands contain garlic, which is fine. You can use 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes instead.

    Recipe adapted from grouprecipes.com