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spicy pork lettuce wraps

spicy pork lettuce wraps
spicy pork lettuce wraps

If you are looking for an easy, under 30 minute go-to dinner staple, lettuce wraps might just be your new best friend.  The whole meal comes together so quickly, you may never be tempted to order take out again.  Plus, if you are doing the whole paleo or carb-cutting thing, well, here you go.

I like to serve lettuce wraps with black rice to amp up the nutritional value as much as to add some nutty texture.  Adjust the curry and chili peppers accordingly; you can always serve hot sauce on the side.  I also like to layer on some crunchy radishes (especially when there are gorgeous watermelons to be found at the farmer's market) and sweet-citrusy yuzu cucumbers.

pork lettuce wraps with watermelon radishes
pork lettuce wraps with watermelon radishes

spicy pork lettuce wraps

2 lbs ground pork

1 bell pepper, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 bird chili peppers, diced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1-2 T of red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

1 T yuzu

cilantro

bibb, boston, or little gem lettuce

Brown the pork well to coax out all of the flavor in a large sauce pan or dutch oven. Add the onions, peppers, and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring ofter.  Add the curry and coconut milk, working the paste until fully combined.  Stir in the yuzu and simmer for about 15 minutes.  Check seasonings, add cilantro and serve.  This can be made up to 1 day ahead and might even be more delicious.

Serve with black rice, watermelon radish "sticks", and yuzu cucumbers.

the pig and the fig yuzu cucumbers
the pig and the fig yuzu cucumbers

yuzu cucumbers

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 T yuzu

1-2 t sugar

mint leaves, chiffonade

Combine all of the ingredients together and serve.