Crispy Prosciutto Lettuce Cups with Sambal Mayo & Bell Pepper Rice

Crispy Prosciutto Lettuce Cups

with Sambal Mayo & Bell Pepper Rice

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    Buttery soft lettuce leaves are piled high with fluffy rice (studded with sweet peppers and sesame seeds), dressed cucumber, and slices of prosciutto—an Italian dry-cured ham that turns delightfully crisp in the pan. Each cup is finished with a drizzle of sambal mayo for irresistibly creamy texture and a touch of heat.
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    600 Calories Or Less
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      PER SERVING
    • Calories
      530 Cals (est.)
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    Crispy Prosciutto Lettuce Cups with Sambal Mayo & Bell Pepper Rice
    Title
    • 3 oz Prosciutto
    • ½ cup Long Grain White Rice
    • 1 head Butter Lettuce
    • 1 Persian Cucumber
    • 2 Scallions
    • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
    • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
    • 2 Tbsps Mirin (Salted Cooking Wine)
    • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
    • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
    • 1 Bell Pepper
    time-saving
    tips & techniques
    Make the pepper rice
    1 Make the pepper rice

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any small stones or impurities). Drain thoroughly. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. In a medium pot, heat drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced pepper and sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the rice and 1 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in half the mirin and half the sesame seeds. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Place in a bowl; add the sliced green tops of the scallions, vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Stack the prosciutto (removing the plastic lining between the slices), then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves.

    Crisp the prosciutto
    3 Crisp the prosciutto

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced prosciutto. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking apart any clumps, 4 to 5 minutes, or until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

    Make the sambal mayo & serve your dish
    4 Make the sambal mayo & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, remaining mirin, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Assemble each lettuce cup using 2 lettuce leaves, the pepper rice, marinated cucumber (discarding any liquid), crisped prosciutto, and sambal mayo. Serve the lettuce cups garnished with the remaining sesame seeds. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Make the pepper rice
    1 Make the pepper rice

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any small stones or impurities). Drain thoroughly. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. In a medium pot, heat drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced pepper and sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the rice and 1 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in half the mirin and half the sesame seeds. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.

    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Place in a bowl; add the sliced green tops of the scallions, vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Stack the prosciutto (removing the plastic lining between the slices), then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    Crisp the prosciutto
    3 Crisp the prosciutto

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced prosciutto. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking apart any clumps, 4 to 5 minutes, or until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

    4 Make the sambal mayo & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, remaining mirin, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Assemble each lettuce cup using 2 lettuce leaves, the pepper rice, marinated cucumber (discarding any liquid), crisped prosciutto, and sambal mayo. Serve the lettuce cups garnished with the remaining sesame seeds. Enjoy!

    Make the sambal mayo & serve your dish
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