Bison Lettuce Wraps

recipe from Red Frazier Bison for 2022 Taste of the Fair


  • ground bison
  • 1 small yellow onion – minced
  • 8-12 oz can water chestnuts, drained, minced
  • 2 tbsp. minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 whole carrot – grated
  • 2 heads Boston Butter lettuce*
  • Soy sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Garlic chili paste



  1. Cook down ground bison with soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine yellow onion, water chestnuts, carrot, ginger and garlic. Process until finely chopped – you don’t want mushy vegetables but they should be small enough to be sautéed quickly and still have some shape.
  3. Sauté vegetable blend in a large saucepan for a few minutes with approximately 3 tbsp. Hoison sauce and a couple splashes of rice vinegar. After 3-4 minutes on high heat stir in ground bison and a 1 tbsp. of garlic chili paste.  Set aside.
  4. Wash lettuce and remove ends. Keep lettuce in whole leaf form.
  5. Place lettuce on plate.
  6. Put wrap mixture in a bowl and garnish with diced green onion, sesame seeds, and Asian Sesame Vinaigrette dressing. Place bowl on plate with lettuce and a spoon.

*You could use another type of lettuce as long as it is soft enough to easily wrap the filling; or firmer and shaped to make a small cup for the filling. For that matter, you could even put the filling in something else like a wonton wrapper or pita pocket or serve it with rice.

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