Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pork Stir-Fry Lettuce Wraps

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When I told Chris he had a choice between lettuce wraps and tilapia for dinner the other night, he was quick to say he preferred the lettuce wraps. I don't blame him since last time I made them they were so good. You should have seen the disappointment on his face when he came home from work and saw this in the skillet. He immediately asked what the "hamburger helper" looking meal sitting on the stove was, to which I replied, "Oh, you just wait."

As soon as we both started eating this, we couldn't stop. It was no diced up chicken accompanied by three different dipping sauces like last time, but it didn't matter. The flavors were there, the textures were there, and it was fun. I love fun dinners. So even though Chris seemed a little upset at first, by the time he was done he was thanking me for the meal. He also told me he appreciates me! Looks like this will be coming out of the recipe binder more often if I'm going to be getting this reaction. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

  • 1 tbsp.oil 
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. dry white wine 
  • 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp. hot chili garlic sauce, plus more for dipping
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 12 leaves iceberg lettuce (optional) 
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pork, ginger, salt and pepper and stir-fry until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and red onion and stir-fry until just softened, about 2 minutes. Add white wine, soy sauce and chili sauce and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Add peppers and carrots and stir-fry until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pork mixture to a large platter. Arrange cilantro, lettuce and green onions alongside pork and serve with extra chili sauce on the side, if you like.

Source: Adapted from Whole Foods

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