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You have no idea how sexy the lettuce wrap can be

Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch for some of you but try to follow along. Back when I was younger, stupid and willing to put just about anything into my mouth so long as it gave me instant gratification I loved to stop by the local McDonalds (don't judge, it was a long time ago) and get this thing called a Mc DLT. Essentially, it's a big Mac, but they give you all of the grains and steaming hot beef on one side of this Styrofoam container and all of the crisp, cool greens on the other side of the container. You might think this is so that picky eaters can leave the tomato off or skip the onions but no, it's deeper than that. You see, putting the hot, juicy beef and bun together with the crisps vegetables would create a magical and often undercooked quality to a meal. Contrasting temperatures that do battle in your mouth and create an experience that made nasty Mc D's food magical for a brief moment. Those days have passed and for the better but this idea of contrasting temperatures is alive and well in my house and enjoyed in a much healthier version called the lettuce wrap. You'll need some fresh crisp Romain lettuce and some grass-fed/grass-finished beef to do this right. The method is simple: In a hot castiron pan melt some coconut oil and Kerrygold grass-fed butter (yes, it's really that much better) until the coconut oil starts to brown the butter. drop some thin sliced beef in the pan and cook for a few minutes. When it's time to flip the beef, do just that and the quickly add some onions and red bell peppers. Cook for a few minutes and then have the crispy, still a bit cold Romain lettuce ready on a plate and make the move. Salt, Pepper seasonings and coconut shavings are optional and your call.


Once you've let these two temperatures collide you have about 10 minutes before the magic is gone. So get on it and waste not time worrying about the juices running down your arm or dripping on your table. This is about eating in the moment and nothing should get in the way of that.

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Uploaded on December 30, 2012