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Appetizers, Fish and Shellfish, Healthy Eating

Shrimp artichoke lettuce cups

Shrimp artichoke lettuce cups
Los Angeles Times

Lettuce cups at a Chinese restaurant seem like a cliche -- a dish that easily falls under suspicion as one of those faux Chinese dishes made up for Western palates. In truth, it's a bona fide traditional dish, made popular ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 4 as an appetizer
  • 2 large artichokes (about 1 pound each)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 ounces peeled shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup thin rice sticks (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided, plus additional 2 to 3 cups for deep frying (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (including stems)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 head radicchio, separated into leaves and stem ends trimmed

Step 1Trim the artichokes, removing the leaves and trimming any outer hard green portion left on the bottoms. Cut the heart in half and discard the fuzzy choke. Bring a small pan of water to boil. Add the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt. Then add the artichoke heart halves, cooking until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, dice the artichoke. You'll have about two-thirds cup diced artichokes.

Step 2In a small bowl, mix the sugar, soy sauce, rice wine and cornstarch. Stir in the shrimp. Marinate for 15 minutes.

Step 3If using the rice sticks, place 2 to 3 cups of oil in a small deep-sided saucepan. Heat the oil to 375 degrees. Add the rice sticks and remove when they puff and float to the surface, a few seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet or plate. Let the noodles cool. Break into small pieces and put in a small serving bowl. Set aside.

Step 4Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and stir-fry. When the shrimp is almost cooked through, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, diced artichoke, lemongrass, green onions, vinegar and cilantro. Heat through. Season with salt and white pepper.

Step 5Transfer the filling to a bowl and serve with radicchio leaves and, if using, puffed rice sticks.

Note: You can substitute romaine leaves for the radicchio.


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