Chiang Mai sausages are one of the glories of Northern Thai cuisine. The forcemeat used for the sausages makes a great slider-like patty full of vibrant flavor. Serve with Roasted Eggplant Salsa and Thai Sticky Rice for a delicious Thai meal. The ingredient list includes some items that may be unfamiliar; you can find them at Southeast Asian markets, or use the substitutes listed below. For even more deliciousness, grill the patties outdoors for notes of smoke and char.
Combine pork and salt in a medium bowl; toss to combine.
Place shallots in a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Add chopped cilantro and next 5 ingredients (through chiles); process until mixture is finely chopped. Add pork mixture; pulse 5 times or until mixture is well combined.
Using wet hands, shape mixture into 15 (1-inch-thick) patties (about 2 tablespoons per patty). Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Add half of the pork patties. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat the procedure with remaining patties. Arrange 3 lettuce leaves and 3 pork patties on each of 5 plates, and serve each serving with about 1/4 cup herbs and 2 lime wedges.
Wine Notes: Try a light, crisp white to balance out the fiery chiles. Weingut Fred Loimer, Lois, Grüner Veltliner 2010 ($14) has plenty of refreshing acidity, plus a two-pronged hit of citrus aromas and spicy flavors that measure up to the sliders' aromatic lemongrass and galangal. --Scott Jones
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