Asian Bean & Rice Rolls

August 12, 2010

Spice up these lettuce wraps with a store-bought Asian ginger sauce.

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dry cooking sherry
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup diagonally sliced snow peas (1/4-inch slices)
  • 2 teaspoons minced gingerroot or 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 15-ounce can or 1 3/4 cups cooked dry-packaged red or light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium green onions and tops, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • 12 large Boston lettuce leaves or leaf lettuce
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. In a small saucepan heat vinegar, sherry, sugar, and lemon rind over medium heat until sugar is melted, about 1 minute. Drizzle vinegar mixture over rice and toss.
  3. While rice is cooking, toast pine nuts in sesame oil in small skillet over medium heat until golden, about 2 minutes; remove from skillet. Add snow peas, gingerroot, and water to skillet; cook, covered, over medium heat until snow peas are crisp & tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir pine nuts, snow peas, gingerroot, beans, cucumber, orange and green onions into rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve chilled; spoon about 1/4 cup packed rice mixture onto each lettuce leaf and roll up.

TIP: Medium grain rice is also called sushi rice or sweet jasmine rice; it can be purchased in supermarkets and Asian groceries. If desired, the rice mixture can be eaten with a fork or chopsticks, rather than rolled into lettuce leaves.

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