Wow, was it good. My family inhaled these lettuce wraps in no time at all. I definitely should have doubled the quantities. The spicy-sweet meat wrapped in the cool lettuce leaves is a lovely contrast. A drizzle of sesame oil, some nuts for crunch and the herby blend of mint and cilantro finish the wraps perfectly.
Plum Sauce Pork Lettuce Wraps
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup plum preserves
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 pound ground pork (or chicken)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 red jalapeño chiles, seeded and sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Fresh cilantro and/or mint leaves
2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated, to wrap and roll
1. In a small saucepan, combine the stock, preserves, tamari and ginger. Bring the plum sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until browned. Add the green onions, chiles and garlic then season with the pepper. Stir-fry until the onions soften, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the plum sauce and stir-fry until the sauce is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with the sesame oil and top with the peanuts, sesame seeds and herbs. Serve with the lettuce leaves for wrapping.
Recipe slightly adapted from Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine
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