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Little Gem's a miniature, crisper and sweeter version of Cos. It retains a bit of crunch when braised, but gains a whole new nutty flavour. If you throw a handul of frozen peas or broad beans in at the last minute and eat this with rice, pearl barley or spelt, it becomes a delectable and healthy vegetarian dinner. It's is also good served with lamb.


  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 Little Gem lettuces
  • 5 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 100ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
  2. Put the sugar, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water in a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  3. Remove and discard the outer leaves from the lettuces. Cut each lettuce into quarters, place in an ovenproof dish with the mint, stock and sugar/vinegar syrup and season well. Cover and cook in the oven for 20–25 minutes, until the lettuces are tender.
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