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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



The Strangers - St. Vincent



Love Like a Sunset - Phoenix



Lola - The Kinks



Squalor Victoria - The National



Ocean of Noise - Arcade Fire



Heard Them Stirring - Fleet Foxes



Faust Arp - Radiohead



The Penalty - Beirut



Pacific Theme - Broken Social Scene



God Only Knows - The Beach Boys



Infinity - The xx



Chemtrails - Beck



Impossible Germany - Wilco



Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones





    • 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