Picadillo Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Spicy appetizers with turkey sausage.

1/2 tsp canola oil
1 lb. turkey breakfast sausage, casings removed if necessary
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1-1/2 cups mild salsa
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tbsp chopped pimiento stuffed olives
1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored and chopped
8 large iceberg lettuce leaves, washed, separated, drained and chilled

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes


Step 1: Heat oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook; breaking up sausage into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon. Drain all but 1/2 tsp pan drippings.

Step 2: Add onion to pan and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 3: Return sausage to pan and mix in salsa, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper, raisins, olives and apple. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Spoon hot sausage mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Garnish with cilantro and tomatoes. Wrap lettuce leaves tightly around filling, enclosing the filling.

National Hot Dog & Sausage Council