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Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps

This low-effort dish makes weeknight cooking a little more interesting.

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
Ingredients
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 1/2 tsp.

fish sauce

1/2 tsp.

Chinese five-spice powder

1 lb.

ground pork

For Dipping Sauce
2 tbsp.

reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp.

rice vinegar or white vinegar of choice

2 tsp.

sriracha

2 tsp.

sugar

1

scallion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp.

Dijon mustard

For Salad
1 c.

flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/2 c.

cilantro leaves

8

small mint leaves

8

small basil leaves

2

Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into half-moons

4

radishes, thinly sliced

1 tsp.

grated lime zest

1 tbsp.

fresh lime juice 

1 tbsp.

plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided

Kosher salt

butter lettuce leaves

chopped roasted peanuts

lime wedges

Directions
  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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