Not exactly the catchiest title, right? What this dish lacks in its name, it makes up for in taste and fun-to-eat charm. Here we have a great, low-carb way to transport a delicious mix of pork and vegetables from the plate to your mouth. I like to think of them as Asian style pork "tacos". No matter what you want to call them, you and your fellow diners (my kids love them) will enjoy a light and crunchy, yet savory meal that will make the list for fun weeknight meals.
These can also be served buffet style as an appetizer or light bite. I normally double the proportions for a weeknight dinner with lunchbox leftovers. To make an even more substantial and healthy meal, I serve the pork and lettuce cups with julienned vegetables, like red bell peppers and carrots. My children like to add mung bean noodles and sometimes sprouts to their "tacos". A spoonful of chopped honey roasted peanuts, a sprinkle of additional cilantro, and a dash of extra hot sauce will complete the bundle.Printable Recipe
Spicy Minced Pork in Lettuce Bundles
serves 4 as a light main course or 8 appetizer servings
1 pound boneless pork loin
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 Tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, or to taste
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 large shallot, finely minced
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
1 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 large head of Bibb lettuce, washed and leaves separated
1 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts, chopped
Mung Bean noodles or sprouts
Chopped fresh cilantro
Trim the fat off the pork and freeze the meat for 30 minutes or until it is a little firm, which makes it easier to cut. Finely mince the meat with a sharp chef's knife. In a small bowl whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, and cornstarch until smooth; set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and shallot, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the pork and continue to stir-fry until it is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and stir in the cilantro, mint, green onions and lime juice.
Decorate a serving plate with the lettuce leaves and accompaniments to serve alongside the pork mixture. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from The Farm to Tables by Ivvy Manning