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Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe
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Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

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Casual, flavorful and low in carbohydrates, the Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps are a perfect and low-fuss way to feed a group. Place the ingredients separate dishes and let your guests assemble their own wrap, which allows them to personalized to suit their tastes. —Gretchen Barnes, Fairfax, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into thin slices
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce, optional
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 8 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 English cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup each coarsely chopped fresh basil, cilantro and mint
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, sugar and salt until blended. Stir in carrots and onion; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, cook pork, ginger and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until pork is no longer pink, breaking up pork into crumbles; drain. Stir in soy sauce, mirin, salt, pepper and, if desired, fish sauce.
  3. To serve, drain carrot mixture. Place pork mixture in lettuce leaves; top with cucumber, red pepper, green onions, carrot mixture and herbs. Sprinkle with jalapeno and peanuts; drizzle with hoisin sauce. Squeeze lime juice over tops. Fold lettuce over filling. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps in Taste of Home Recipes Across America 2013, p424

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"What a fun and tasty meal!! I loved it! My husband and daughter liked it very much. My husband said it was good but not like P.F. Changs. He then mixed some hoisin sauce and the mirin wine with the meat and threw in some of the peanuts and placed on a lettuce leaf. It really did taste close to P.F. Changs! I liked the way it was, but is a recipe that is easily adapted to individual taste. It was a little time consuming chopping all the ingredients, but well worth it. The only change I made was that I used green leaf lettuce instead of the Bibb lettuce called for in the recipe. If you like lettuce wraps you will definitely want to try this one!!

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