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Iceberg Lettuce Recipes?


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. My mom stir fried it with bacon.

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    1. re: chowser

      You're right!

      I think my mom did too, with Chinese bacon.

    2. 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

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

        1. re: ipsedixit

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

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        1. 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. 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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            1. re: Infomaniac

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

            2. 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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              1. re: pagesinthesun

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

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