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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Recipe By: N. Jay Sorensen, RD

Serving Size: 8

Categories: Appetizer


  16         each  bibb lettuce leaves

  1            pound  ground pork

  1            tablespoon  cooking oil

  1            large  onion -- chopped

  2            cloves  garlic -- minced

  1            tablespoon  soy sauce

  ¼           cup  hoisin sauce

  2            teaspoons  pickled ginger -- minced

  1            tablespoon  rice wine vinegar

                Asian chili pepper sauce -- optional

  8            ounces  water chestnuts, canned -- finely chopped

  1            bunch  green onions -- chopped

  2            teaspoons  sesame oil


Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry and set aside. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground pork in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chili pepper sauce to the onions, and combine. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, and sesame oil, and continue cooking until the onions just begin to become translucent, about 2 minutes. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Fold lettuce around the meat and eat.