Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Serve with long-grain white rice to complete the meal. While the pork stands to allow its flavors to meld, chop the veggies for the ­lettuce cups and get the rice going. For a milder version, seed the serrano chile or simply omit it.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 4 lettuce cups)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 23 Minutes
Total: 23 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 12.6g
  • Saturated fat: 3.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 21.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 10.5g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 64mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 385mg
  • Calcium: 42mg

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cups diced seeded cucumber
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 serrano chile, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 16 Boston lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing gently until just combined; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.
  2. 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble. Place pork mixture in a large bowl. Add cucumber and next 5 ingredients (through serrano), and stir to combine.
  3. 3. Combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add juice mixture to pork mixture; toss. Place about 1/3 cup pork mixture in each lettuce leaf.
Note:

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