Recipe: Famous Dave’s Cranberry Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Famous DaveAttention, barbecue-aholics. There’s usually at one in every house and your leader — Famous Dave — is coming to Galleria. He’ll be stopping by Barnes & Noble to sign copies of his newest book “Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Book.” It’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves to share their love of the grill with a crowd.

Just in time for Father’s Day too. In addition to sharing one of the recipes from the book, Dave Anderson, an Edina resident also offered up his favorite Father’s Day Memory:

” My dad is a Choctaw Indian from Idabel, Oklahoma where he grew up right smack in the middle of America’s “Bible Belt.” My dad being from the South, loved his Southern Home Cooking and “real slo-smoked” pit barbecue. To show you how deep this passion for Southern Foods were in our family… when my dad told us the Bible story how Jesus fed the multitudes… it was always “Catfish & Cornbread.” You can imagine my embarrassment and the howling laughter from my Sunday School classmates when I tried to correct the Sunday School teacher when she was telling the story how Jesus fed the multitudes fishes & loaves and I tried to correct her that it was Catfish & Cornbread!”

Well now you can feed the multitudes too with this fabulous summer recipe right out of the new book.

Cranberry Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Simple, Crispy, Cool, and Refreshing! These Cranberry Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the perfect summer party food…they are fun to make and fun to eat. Tasty rotisserie smoked chicken, green grapes, dried cranberries, tomatoes, sweet onions, and celery topped off with toasted slivers of crunchy almonds make this recipe perfect for quick get-togethers. The vanilla-flavored yogurt combines with the mayo for a surprisingly delicious dressing.

Delightfully serves a party of 8

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (not Greek)

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup celery, sliced

1/2 cup sweet onions, minced

1/2 cup toasted almond slivers

1 smoked rotisserie chicken, hand shredded

2 small tomatoes, diced

2 heads butter leaf lettuce

In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, paprika, seasoned salt, and black pepper. Mix in grapes, dried cranberries, celery, onion, and almonds.

Add chicken and tomatoes last and gently mix well. I recommend that you hand shred the chicken instead of making it look “blocky” by cutting the chicken with a knife. Be careful not to over-shred the chicken. The salad looks better if the chicken doesn’t look stringy. Place lettuce cups (see Hot Tip, below) on a platter and scoop chicken salad into the lettuce.

This recipe is incredibly tasty when you smoke your own rotisserie chicken. Your guests will go nuts over the mouthwatering flavor. However, IF YOU MUST… this recipe is very simply done by buying a rotisserie chicken.

Famous Dave’s Hot Tips!

You’ll need 2 heads of lettuce to find suitably sized lettuce leaves for a wrap. Use the leftover lettuce for a party salad. Lettuce is not always cooperative… so I get my lettuce to shape up and behave! I pick out the best leaves, then I get a tomato or other round fruit like apples or oranges. Next, I lay a piece of plastic wrap down, then lay a wet paper towel on top and start layering my lettuce on the wet towel. When I have enough lettuce, I place a tomato in the middle and then fold the wet towel around it. Then pull the plastic wrap around everything to hold it in place. This can be done a day before your party, so your lettuce will be in the perfect “cup shape” for lettuce wraps!

Meet Famous Dave: 1 p.m., Friday, June 12, Barnes & Noble at Galleria, Edina. 

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