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Recipe: savory beef steak lettuce cups with grilled pineapple relish

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Savory beef steak lettuce cups with grilled pineapple relish serving suggestion

savory beef steak lettuce cups with grilled pineapple relish

You'll say wow after trying one of these Asian lettuce cups with steak, fruit, vegetables and a herbacious Wowee sauce.


  • 1 beef Flat Iron Steaks, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 slices fresh pineapple, grilled (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup white beech mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced pickled ginger
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 to 18 large lettuce leaves, such as Bibb, leaf or iceberg


  1. To prepare Wowee Sauce, combine 1/2 cup green onions, soy sauce, orange juice, orange peel, hoisin sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper in small bowl; mixing well. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce to use as marinade. Cover remaining sauce; set aside.
  2. Cut beef steak lengthwise in 1/2-inch strips, then across the grain to make 1/2-inch pieces. Place beef and 1/2 cup reserved marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat steak evenly. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut grilled pineapple into 1/4-inch pieces. Combine pineapple, mushrooms, bell pepper, carrots, cilantro, ginger and remaining 1/4 cup green onions in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Pat beef dry with paper towel. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add one third of beef; stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. Remove beef; keep warm. Repeat twice with remaining oil and beef, wiping out skillet between batches.
  5. Divide beef among lettuce leaves. Top with pineapple mixture. Spoon 1 teaspoon remaining sauce mixture over vegetables in each lettuce leaf. Wrap lettuce leaves around filling. Serve with remaining sauce.

Nutrition information per serving: 429 calories; 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat; 9 g monounsaturated fat); 118 mg cholesterol; 424 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 3.3 g fiber; 38 g protein; 6.8 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 8.4 mcg vitamin B12; 5.0 mg iron; 55.4 mcg selenium; 13.1 mg zinc; 165.5 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of fiber.