Spicy Minced Pork in Lettuce Cups
Our trip to Costa Rica is T-minus 32 days. We have to conquer 2 volcanoes, climb a mountain at 3800m (12,467 ft. for my fellow Americans), survive in the rainforest and dive 20m down into the ocean. So yeah, we’re remotely trying to eat healthy and shape up.
Diets schmiets is what I say. I get awfully grumpy if I’m deprived of food. Many, many moons ago I tried the crazed lemonade detox diet and I lasted a whopping ONE day. Restrained eating is simply not my cup of tea. Instead, we prefer to wake up for our early morning gym session just as the last bar in Manhattan is closing shop.
But on rare occasions we do feel the urge to slightly alter our eating habits and turn up the notch on our activity level. Needless to say, our upcoming adventure is the catalyst. I need to be in tip top shape if I want to outrun the viper that’s slithering after me… or do they just hang in trees, fall on you and clamp their venomous fangs into your carotid?!?! Either way, I don’t want to be the schmuck that can’t carry her own 20-lb. backpack up Costa Rica’s highest peak.
Minced meat with lettuce cups. Tasty and carb-free. Yes, I did use pork when I could’ve used chicken or turkey. But cut me some slack, I’m already eating out of lettuce leaves! Check out Sook’s recipe from My Fabulous Recipes where she cooks up a delicious ground turkey version. Thanks for the inspiration Sook!
|1||head of lettuce (leaves separated and washed)|
|1||lb. ground pork|
|1/2||yellow onion, diced|
|3||cloves garlic, minced|
|1/2||cup water chestnuts, diced|
|2||Tbsp oyster sauce|
|2||Tbsp hoisin sauce|
|2||dried chili pepper, crumbled into small pieces|
|cilantro (for garnish)|
|salt & pepper to taste|
- In a large skillet, saute onions with canola oil. When the onions start to sweat, add garlic and dried chili. Saute for another 3 minutes.
- Next, add ground pork and saute until thoroughly cooked. Add hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and mirin. Season with salt & pepper. Saute for another 5 mintues. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lettuce cups. Serves 4 people for appetizers.