vietnamese lettuce wraps recipe

Armando Rafael

“This reminds me of meatloaf, which is my favorite thing to eat. But here, because of all the flavors mixing in, it lets you swap out the pork for chicken or make it vegetarian with tofu,” says Carla Hall, chef and author of Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You. “The lettuce and herb salad make it a quick, fresh meal.”

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Cal/Serv:
346

Yields:

4


servings

Prep Time:

0

hours

25

mins

Cook Time:

1

hour

0

mins

Total Time:

1

hour

25

mins

For Meat Mixture

2
tbsp.

grated peeled fresh ginger

1
tbsp.

olive oil, plus more for cooking

2


scallions, finely chopped

2


cloves garlic, finely chopped

1
tsp.

reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/2
tsp.

Chinese five-spice powder

For Dipping Sauce

2
tbsp.

reduced-sodium soy sauce

1
tbsp.

rice vinegar or white vinegar of choice

1


scallion, finely chopped

For Salad

1
c.

flat-leaf parsley leaves

2


Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into half-moons

4


radishes, thinly sliced

1
tbsp.

fresh lime juice 

1
tbsp.

plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided

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  1. Prepare meat mixture: In a large bowl, stir together ginger, oil, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, and five-spice powder. Add pork and mix to combine. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In an 8-oz. jar, shake all ingredients with 1/4 cup water to combine. Set aside.
  3. Prepare salad: Very coarsely chop all herbs and transfer to a bowl. Toss with cucumbers and radishes, then lime zest; set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large cast-iron skillet on medium-high. Add meat mixture and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned and crispy in spots, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a large platter.
  5. Toss herb salad with lime juice and 2 tsp. oil and season with a pinch of salt. Arrange on the platter with pork. Add a pile of lettuce leaves and serve with dipping sauce, peanuts, and lime wedges if desired.

NUTRITION (per serving): 346 cal, 23 g pro, 9 g carb, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g sugars (2.5 g added sugars), 24.5 g fat (7.5 g sat fat), 76 mg chol, 668 mg sodium

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