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Caramelized Pork Over Lettuce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup pork and 1 cup lettuce mixture)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups (2-inch) sliced green onions
  • 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 234
  • caloriesfromfat 39 %
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 4.2 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 25.8 g
  • carbohydrate 8.7 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 69 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 618 mg
  • calcium 60 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place the sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat; cook 5 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Add water and fish sauce (mixture will splatter); remove from heat.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat. Add pork, and cook 4 minutes or until browned on all sides. Remove pork from skillet. Stir broth into skillet, scraping skillet to loosen browned bits. Return pork to pan; add the caramelized sugar mixture, black pepper, and cinnamon stick, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove from skillet, and keep warm.

  3. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in skillet; add green onions. Sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to pork mixture; keep warm.

  4. Combine shredded lettuce, rice vinegar, basil, and cilantro in a large bowl, and toss well. Serve pork mixture over lettuce mixture.