April 2012

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Each month galley expert and cookbook author Janet Groene develops a recipe exclusively for FloridaCruising.com.
She blogs weekly at http://www.BoatCook.blogspot.com

Monkey Fists

Why wash dishes when finger foods are so easy and so good? These wraps are delicious, healthful, low in carbs and eaten out of the hand. Just roll ‘em up, add a napkin and pass ‘em out hot to go. The filling cooks quickly on the stove-top. You could also make it at home and give it a quick warm-up on board.

16 bib lettuce leaves, washed and well drained
1 pound ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter or tahini paste
1 teaspoon sugar
teaspoon ground ginger
cup sliced scallions, white and light green parts only

Chill lettuce leaves. Fry out the meat and garlic in hot oil in a nonstick skillet. When meat is no longer pink and is crumbly, keep stir-frying as you add remaining ingredients except scallions. Turn off heat and stir in scallions. Using a draining spoon, place a tablespoon of filling in each lettuce leaf. Fold sides in, roll up and serve at once. Makes 16 wraps to serve eight as snacks or four as a lunch main dish.

Cook’s note: lettuce leaves can be washed and dried ahead of time. Seal them in a plastic bag with several paper towels to keep them dry and a cushion of air to protect them from bruising in the reefer.

Janet Groene’s books include Creating Comfort Afloat, ABCs of Boat Camping and Living Aboard. See more of Janet Groene’s galley-ready recipes at BoatCook.blogspot.com. Each week she posts a Galley Recipe of the Week plus a Pantry Recipe of the Week using provisions you can stow today, without refrigeration, and use weeks and even months later. Groene also rates galley gear and products at
GalleyShop.blogspot.com Any other ideas? E-mail JanetGroene@yahoo.com and we’ll credit you and the name of your boat.

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