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Iceberg Lettuce Recipes?

ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 03:36 PM

Oxymoron?

Perhaps, but does anyone out there use iceberg lettuce in applications other than in its raw form in one type of salad or another?

Over the weekend, since I had extra ice cream base leftover, I was tempted to juice it and make "iceberg lettuce ice cream" ... but even I have my limits to Frankenfoods.

What do people do with this vegetable other than salads? Do people stir-fry iceberg lettuce? Braise it? Dip it in batter and deep-fry?

Do tell.

  1. Ruthie789 Oct 29, 2012 08:08 PM

    White bread, peanut butter, iceberg lettuce, a little salt=amazing sandwich.

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      smtucker Oct 29, 2012 07:57 PM

      I haven't bought iceberg lettuce.... well, ever! I grew up in Boston and was taught at a very early age that "local" lettuce was the only lettuce worth eating. Since then, I have expanded my lettuce repertoire, iceberg isn't on the list.

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        dmjordan Oct 29, 2012 06:29 PM

        I used to work at a Stouffer's-owned restaurant and one of the soups they had was BLT soup and I think that the lettuce used was iceberg. It was quite tasty!

        1. blue room Oct 29, 2012 05:43 PM

          Lettuce soup is chicken broth, chopped onion, lots of lettuce and-- a teaspoon of curry powder. Very nice when it's hot and savory.

          1. Bacardi1 Oct 29, 2012 05:20 PM

            Shredded, it's a favorite taco & enchilada topping around here because it's crisp enough not to wilt as soon as it hits the hot food.

            I've also stir-fried it Asian-style. Again - it works well because it retains a certain amount of crispness.

            1. jmcarthur8 Oct 29, 2012 04:48 PM

              If I don't have any other greens, I'll chiffonade it and put it in fried rice.

              1. pagesinthesun Oct 29, 2012 04:37 PM

                We also use it in place of bread for burgers. Either wrapped up in a few big leaves or a wedge on the side with the other condiments for fork and knife burgers. Very satisfying!

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                  scunge Oct 29, 2012 04:50 PM

                  My Chinese restaurant provide a good amount of bok choy in their soups but I still add a good amount of iceberg .Iceberg and hot sauce on a fish sandwich /wrap /taco or with buckwheat noodles. Comfort food for sure

                2. Infomaniac Oct 29, 2012 04:28 PM

                  Iceberg lettuce is very popular for lettuce cups or lettuce wraps like you can get a P.F Chang's.

                  I also like to roll up chicken salad in a leaf instead of bread.

                  The only salad I really use it for is the classic Wedge Salad.

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                    melpy Oct 29, 2012 05:23 PM

                    I too as going I say the wedge or lettuce wraps.

                  2. Tartinet Oct 29, 2012 04:03 PM

                    I once ordered Noodle Soup with Vegetables at a Chinese restaurant, where the noodles were straight-up spaghetti, the broth was not much more than salt and water, and the sole vegetable was iceberg lettuce.

                    I was appalled. I think it prompted me to write my first-ever online review of a restaurant, way back in the early '00s.

                    But I do admit to enjoying iceberg in tacos, salads, spring rolls, etc. Nothing else has that sweet, juicy, nearly-flavorless crunch! :-)

                    1. linguafood Oct 29, 2012 03:51 PM

                      It's delicious stir-fried with oyster sauce and garlic.

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                      1. re: linguafood
                        tim irvine Oct 29, 2012 04:09 PM

                        What isn't?!

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                          linguafood Oct 29, 2012 04:25 PM

                          Heh. Got me there :-D

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                        wattacetti Oct 29, 2012 03:45 PM

                        Mine did the bacon thing too. I've also had iceberg quarters grilled and the lettuce itself braised as if it were endive.

                        You didn't want to make iceberg juice?

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                        1. re: wattacetti
                          ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 03:50 PM

                          I did make iceberg juice. I also tasted it. Which is why I did not make iceberg ice cream.

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                            wattacetti Oct 30, 2012 07:45 AM

                            Ah - I would have thought it might work as a granité but you've probably confirmed otherwise.

                            I did come across something where iceberg is used as a cooked ingredient: Japanese crab-lettuce fried rice. Haven't had it but it looked interesting.

                        2. chowser Oct 29, 2012 03:38 PM

                          My mom stir fried it with bacon.

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                          1. re: chowser
                            ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 03:42 PM

                            You're right!

                            I think my mom did too, with Chinese bacon.

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