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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.

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  1. chowser RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 03:38 PM

    My mom stir fried it with bacon.

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      ipsedixit RE: chowser Oct 29, 2012 03:42 PM

      You're right!

      I think my mom did too, with Chinese bacon.

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      wattacetti RE: ipsedixit 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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        ipsedixit RE: wattacetti 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 RE: ipsedixit 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. linguafood RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 03:51 PM

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

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          tim irvine RE: linguafood Oct 29, 2012 04:09 PM

          What isn't?!

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            linguafood RE: tim irvine Oct 29, 2012 04:25 PM

            Heh. Got me there :-D

        2. Tartinet RE: ipsedixit 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. Infomaniac RE: ipsedixit 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 RE: Infomaniac Oct 29, 2012 05:23 PM

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

            2. pagesinthesun RE: ipsedixit 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 RE: pagesinthesun 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. jmcarthur8 RE: ipsedixit 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. Bacardi1 RE: ipsedixit 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. blue room RE: ipsedixit 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.

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                      dmjordan RE: ipsedixit 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!

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                        smtucker RE: ipsedixit 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.

                        1. Ruthie789 RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 08:08 PM

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

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