Lettuce wraps, sugarcane skewers, and add-ins such as lemongrass make tasty bundles bursting with the flavors of Southeast Asia. Sugarcane adds a hint of sweetness and an authentic touch, but wooden skewers make a fine stand-in -- just soak them in water for 20 minutes before using.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Serves 12


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Instructions Checklist
  • Make the dipping sauce: Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with rack in topthird of oven. Make the kebabs: Coat abaking sheet with cooking spray. Gentlymix together meat, lemongrass, basil,cilantro, and chile. Form meat into 12 narrowloaves (about 1/4 cup each), shapingeach around a sugarcane skewer, leaving1 inch exposed; transfer to baking sheet.

  • Bake for 11 minutes. Heat broiler. Broiluntil deep golden brown, about 3 minutes.Discard garlic from sauce. Placekebabs in lettuce leaves. Garnish withherbs. Serve with dipping sauce.

Cook's Notes

Uncooked kebabs can be frozen for up to 1 month (freeze on parchment-lined baking sheets until firm, then transfer to resealable plastic bags). Thaw in refrigerator overnight, then proceed with step 3. Dipping sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.