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Hot and Spicy Leaf Wraps

These hors d'oeuvres, brought to us by chef and author Jeffrey Alford, are inspired by a traditional Lao recipe.

  • Servings: 8
Hot and Spicy Leaf Wraps

Source: Martha Stewart Living


For the Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon black-rice vinegar

For the Filling

  • 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch dice (3 tablespoons)
  • 2 medium shallots, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1/4 cup)
  • Dry-Roasted Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Dry-Roasted Peanuts Dry-Roasted Peanuts
  • 1/2 cup small dried shrimp
  • 1 lime, cut into tiny wedges or cubes (with the peel)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons minced Thai bird or serrano chiles
  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce leaves, well washed and dried


  1. Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and vinegar. Stir to combine; set aside.

  2. Arrange the filling ingredients in attractive piles on a large platter. Place a platter or large bowl of the leaf lettuce nearby. Put out several bowls of the sauce. Allow guests to create their own bundles: Place a little coconut on a leaf, top with a pinch each of ginger, shallot, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp, lime, cilantro, and chile. Drizzle with sauce, roll into a bundle and eat immediately.

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