Crispy and sweet cauliflower lettuce wraps. My take on Cactus Club’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps!
Have you guys ever had Cactus Club’s lettuce wraps? They are seriously THE BEST! I have been making a chicken version of these wraps for a while but since it’s January and I have decided to eat less meat this year I figured I should try a vegetarian version.
I love the fact that you can make so many things vegetarian so easily and cauliflower is one of the best options when you're subbing out chicken. I’m still trying to perfect my cauliflower wings, so maybe this month will be when I finally get them just right!
Now cactus club serves their lettuce wraps with a spicy mayo which is super easy to make if you want to, but I think that they are just as tasty without and you save the extra calories. If you do want to make your own sauce just mix some sriracha into mayo, squeeze a little lime juice and your good to go - seriously it’s that easy!
So now if you're like me and you want to cut back on your meat intake this is a great way to start, I guarantee you won’t even miss the meat!
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 55 minutes
1 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp sesame oil
3 cups cauliflower
3 tsp mayo
salt + pepper
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup peanuts
3 green onions
1 cup chow mein noodles
1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 head of iceberg or butter lettuce
Preheat oven to 425. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and set aside. In a frying pan add panko and sesame oil and stir until well combined. Toss continuously over medium heat until panko is browned - approximately 3-4 minutes.
In a small bowl combine egg, mayo and salt + pepper, stir until well combined. Pour toasted panko in a second small bowl. Take each piece of cauliflower and dip in egg and mayo mixture then coat with panko. Place on a parchment lined baking pan and continue until all cauliflower is coated. Bake 15 minutes, flip, then bake another 10 minutes or until crispy.
While cauliflower is baking combine sesame seeds, peanuts, chopped green onions + chow mien noodles. Once cauliflower is crispy add to the bowl along with soya sauce and sweet chilli sauce and gently toss until everything is well coated. Serve immediately with lettuce cups.