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Oct 29, 2012 03:36 PM

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.