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Lettuce Rolls with Pork and Pineapple

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Servings: Serves 6

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 30 minutes


Lettuce Rolls with Pork and Pineapple
1 cup Rice, jasmine, dry
12/3 cup Water
2 each Fresh head of Boston lettuce, 5"
16 oz Crushed pineapple
1 each Red bell pepper
4 each Fresh scallions, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
4 teaspoon Minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoon Minced garlic
2 lb Ground pork, 90% lean
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
3/4 teaspoon Ground fresh chili paste
1/3 cup Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
3 tablespoon Rice vinegar
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1/3 cup Chopped fresh cilantro


Taking its cue from the classic Thai combination of savory minced pork served with fresh pineapple slices, this dish is lovely on a warm summer night. All the finished ingredients are set out family style and diners assemble their own rolls. Hydroponic Boston lettuce has particularly nice leaves for rolling.
1. Add rice to a medium saucepan, rinse, and drain, keeping rice in pan. Add water and bring to a simmer over high heat. Stir well. Cover and reduce heat to mediumlow. Cook for exactly 10 minutes, then remove from heat, but do not remove lid. Set aside.
2. While rice is cooking, rinse and core lettuce, separating leaves and placing them on a serving platter. Drain crushed pineapple, finely chop bell pepper, and place each in a separate bowl. Thinly slice scallions and put in a small bowl.
3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, add ginger and garlic. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pork, black pepper, and chili paste. Cook, stirring frequently to break up pork, until pork is cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes; there should be no pink meat.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar.
5. Add sauce to pork and mix well. Simmer for 1 minute. Turn off heat. Stir in cilantro. Transfer pork to a serving bowl.
6. To serve, remove lid from rice, fluff it, and transfer to a serving bowl. Set lettuce platter and bowls on center of table and let everyone assemble their own lettuce rolls. Each lettuce leaf should contain a small amount of pork, pineapple, red pepper, and scallion, with rice served on the side. You'll be able to make about 24 rolls.
Suggestions: Preferred to use hydroponic Boston lettuce. Use fresh chili paste (sambal oelek) or use 3/4 tsp. Tobasco sauce. Thai fish sauce (nam pla).
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, May - June 2008

Nutritional Information

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 246 kcal (12%)
Calories from Fat 135 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 15 g (23%)
Saturated Fat 13 g (65%)
Cholesterol 2 mg (0%)
Sodium 241 mg (10%)
Total Carbohydrates 59 g (19%)
Dietary Fiber 12 g (48%)
Protein 16 g (26%)
Vitamin A 9536 IU (190%)
Vitamin C 54 mg (90%)
Calcium 98 mg (1%)
Iron 15 mg (25%)

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