Saucy Pork Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps!! I’m not sure why it took me so long in my life to make these things. Maybe it was because I thought my husband wouldn’t find them filling… which ended up being the complete opposite…which is time totally wasted.

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Or, maybe because I completely dense sometimes! Probably BOTH!

But ever since my bestest friend Nichole dropped these very same lettuce wraps off for me to try, I swear I have been wrapping everything in lettuce. Like turkey and cheddar, chicken salad, left over taco meat… you name it!

Maybe I need an intervention?

You’ll also love it because you can make it in a snap… on a busy… dare I say… school {eeek!} or work night and with hardly any dishes to wash! That’s my kind of recipe!! AND it’s basically fool proof {which is also my kind of recipe}!

I’m not sure who or where Nichole got the recipe from, but all that matters is that she found it and gave it to me… and now I can share it with you!

Thanks Nichole for turning me on to something new… lettuce wraps! My new LOVE!

Here are the goods: Ground Pork, Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce, Sherry {cooking wine}, Sesame Seed Oil, Corn Starch, Onion, Garlic, Iceberg Lettuce and Cilantro.

Measure out 1 tablespoon of the Sherry cooking wine and add it to a small bowl.

Pour in the Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce and add the cornstarch. Mix those ingredients until combined and set aside.

Smash and mince two garlic cloves then set aside.

Next trim the ends of a small onion and peel the remaining skin off. Cut in half, from root to tip, and make slices lengthwise and then dice it going across the slices that you just made.

Add the onions, garlic and ground pork to a hot skillet {medium to medium high heat} and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent and soft, stirring every so often.

Mean while grab a handful of fresh cilantro and mince.

Set aside along with the half teaspoon of the sesame seed oil.

When the pork is fully cooked add the sauce. If you need to drain of the fat, go for it! I didn’t… I love the fat!

Toss with the pork until the sauce is thick and clings to the meat.

Turn of the heat and remove the pan from the burner.  Add the half teaspoon of sesame oil…

I do love the smell of sesame oil… and it tastes pretty good too!

… and then add the minced cilantro.

I wasn’t a huge cilantro fan when I first tried it… to me, it tasted… like soap, but after a certain Pico de Gallo recipe… I fell in love with it… and the rest is history…

The end.

Toss…

Serve it in the center of a crisp iceberg lettuce leaf!

And you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating three of them… because I sure didn’t! Heck have 4! :)

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Saucy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Super easy and delicious! Perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Time: 20-25

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce

1 tablespoon Sherry Cooking Wine

1 teaspoon Cornstarch

1 pound Ground Pork

1 small Yellow Onion, diced small

2 cloves of Garlic, smashed and minced

1 hand full Cilantro, minced

1/2 teaspoon Sesame Seed Oil

1 head Iceberg Lettuce, cored and washed

Directions:

Combine the sherry, stir-fry sauce and cornstarch. Mix and set aside.

To a preheated pan over medium to medium-high heat, add the pork, onions and garlic.

Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent.

When the meat is fully cooked add the sauce, stir until the pork is evenly coated with the sauce.

Remove off the heat and add the sesame seed oil and the cilantro.

Serve in the center of a piece of iceberg lettuce, wrap and eat!

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10 Responses to “Saucy Pork Lettuce Wraps”

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    Kim @ Two Good Cookies — August 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

    These look so good. I have some pork that I have debating what to do with. Sorted and decided! Thanks for sharing! (And beautiful photographs, too!)

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    Yenta Mary — August 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I haven't made these for ages! I think perhaps I shouldn't waste time myself, and need to plan for this … :)

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    nichole — August 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Yummy! Its a family favorite, my son loves that he can wrap it and eat it (without using a fork)! He's 8, and he's a boy :-)

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — August 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Never tried these with ground pork, they look delicious!! I too waited FOREVER to make them for the same reason: thought hubby wouldn't think they were filling. Now he's the one who asks for them :) I am also a non cilantro fan, it tastes like soap to me too. I've read that if you're allergic to cilantro it will taste like soap. Strange but true LOL

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    Kate — August 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Love lettuce wraps!! Looks like a really easy recipe too. Thanks!! kateiscooking

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    Evan @swEEts — August 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    YUM! Lettuce wraps are my favorite dish at PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory.. these look so easy too make.. all I need is pork!! Maybe I'll try it with chicken??

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    Mary — August 26, 2010 at 12:40 am

    These look fantastic and so perfect for warm weather. Yum–I love everything about them!
    :)

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    biz319 — August 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    My daughter and I love lettuce wraps – she'll keep the onions, but I'll pass on them.

    Looks terrific!

    Found you through FoodBuzz project foodie :D

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    Amanda — December 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    man, these look amazing. i am drooling over the pictures right now! as soon as i am able to open my jaw wide enough again, i am making these babies!

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    London — July 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    What kind of noodles did you serve these with because they look delish too!

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