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Thai Pork Lettuce Cups 6 Servings 1 ¼ lb ground pork (preferably 95% lean) 3 scallions (white and green parts, thinly sliced and minced) 1 Tbsp finely minced fresh ginger 2 Tbsp finely minced yellow onion 2 stalks lemongrass (soft inner cores only, finely minced) 1 tsp red chile flakes (ground (or pulverized in a mortar)) 2 Tbsp fesh sauce (preferably Three Crabs brand) 2 Tbsp fresh mint (cut into thin ribbons) 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 organic butter or iceberg lettuce (separated into whole leaves) 3 Tbsp chopped salted peanuts (as optional garnish)
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Thai Pork Lettuce Cups

Ground pork seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, onions, and chile, and served with lettuce leaf wrappers is an easy-to-make starter course. Not all fish sauce is created equal, so if you have access to an Asian market, look for Three Crabs brand, which has a very light, fresh taste. Serve the pork mixture warm or at room temperature.

Prep time: 0 min | Total time: 0 min | 6 Servings

Ingredients

1 ¼ lb

ground pork (preferably 95% lean)

3

scallions (white and green parts, thinly sliced and minced)

1 Tbsp

finely minced fresh ginger

2 Tbsp

finely minced yellow onion

2

stalks lemongrass (soft inner cores only, finely minced)

1 tsp

red chile flakes (ground (or pulverized in a mortar))

2 Tbsp

fesh sauce (preferably Three Crabs brand)

2 Tbsp

fresh mint (cut into thin ribbons)

2 Tbsp

fresh lime juice

1

organic butter or iceberg lettuce (separated into whole leaves)

3 Tbsp

chopped salted peanuts (as optional garnish)

Directions

Place the pork in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, and cook over medium heat until the pork is cooked through (no oil is needed). Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the scallions, ginger, onion, lemongrass, chile, and fish sauce. Let the mixture cool until it's warm but no longer hot. Stir in the mint and lime juice.

To serve, arrange a single layer of lettuce leaves on a platter. Top each leaf with about 1/4 cup of the pork mixture. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, if desired.

 

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