My husband's opinion? "I'm very impressed." (That's quite an accomplishment, because we all know that this is not the typical football watching fare!)
This would easily serve 4 as an appetizer, but for two adults watching football... the two of us ate all of it! I found a similar recipe in Redbook Magazine recently, but changed it up in several ways to suit our tastes.
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- zest of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 head of Butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
- 2-3 radishes, washed and sliced super thin
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh lime wedges
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
1. Prep -
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno pepper.
|2 cloves of garlic, finely minced|
|1 1/2 Tbsp ginger, peeled and finely minced|
|1 jalapeno, minced finely.|
|Note - I removed the ribs and seeds to lessen the heat. For a bigger kick, leave them in.|
|1 large carrot, peeled and grated|
|2-3 radishes, washed and sliced super thin|
|1 large shallot, minced fine|
|1 - 2 green onions, sliced really thin|
In a large wok (or large skillet), heat the oil over fairly high heat.
|1 Tbsp canola oil (you could also use Peanut oil)|
|2 cloves garlic, 1 jalapeno, 1 1/2 Tbsp ginger|
|1 lb ground pork|
|1 large grated carrot|
|1 large shallot, minced|
|2 green onions, thinly sliced|
|2-3 tsp lime zest|
|1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice|
|1/4 cup fish sauce (available at any Asian market)|
|1 tsp sesame oil|
|1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar|
Just combine all the dip ingredients.
|1/3 cup soy sauce|
|2 Tbsp brown sugar|
|1/3 cup rice wine vinegar|
|1 tsp sesame oil|
|2 green onions, finely sliced|
Spoon the meat mixture into lettuce cups (this is Butter lettuce). Top with thinly sliced radishes and fresh cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the top. Give everyone a little bowl of dipping sauce, or have one communal bowl!
- I recommend you have everything prepped and ready, because this dish goes really quickly once you start. So begin by peeling, chopping, grating, squeezing, etc., as indicated above.
- In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno pepper.
- In a large wok (or large skillet), heat the oil over fairly high heat.
- Add the garlic mixture and stir-fry about a minute.
- Add the pork, carrots, and shallots; and cook, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes until the pork begins to brown and is no longer pink.
- To the meat mixture, add the lime zest, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sesame oil and cook for another 3 - 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat; taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Spoon the warm pork mixture into lettuce cups; sprinkle with radishes and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and dipping sauce.
Can't get enough easy Asian-influenced recipes? Here are some more!
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