Vietnamese Lettuce Cups

Vietnamese Lettuce Cups 150 Image by: Vietnamese Lettuce Cups 150 Author: Canadian Living

This make-ahead saut? pork appetizer is colourful, and the lettuce cups make it fun to eat.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango
  • 4 heads lettuce
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet red pepper
Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 oz lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh coriander

Method

Filling: In skillet, heat oil over medium heat; fry pork, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Add onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, hot pepper flakes and cloves; fry until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in fish sauce; cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. In small bowl, stir together lime juice, soy sauce and cornstarch until smooth; stir into pork mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.) Stir in coriander.

Peel and cut mango into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick sticks. Separate lettuce to make twenty-four 3-inch (8 cm) cups, trimming any large leaves if necessary. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 4 hours.)

Mound 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the filling in each cup. Garnish with mango and red pepper.

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 94 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 43.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 8 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 2 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 13.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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