Sweet Chili Pork Lettuce Cups with Pepper Rice & Peanuts

Sweet Chili Pork Lettuce Cups

with Pepper Rice & Peanuts

25 MIN
4 Servings
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These satisfying lettuce cups are filled with ground pork—cooked in a delightfully umami-rich sauce of sweet chili, soy sauce, and more—and jasmine rice studded with tender sweet peppers.

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Sweet Chili Pork Lettuce Cups with Pepper Rice & Peanuts
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  • 1⅛ lbs Ground Pork
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 2 heads Butter Lettuce
  • ½ lb Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • ⅓ cup Asian-Style Sautéed Aromatics
  • 3 Tbsps Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 Tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsps Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 3 Tbsps Roasted Peanuts
Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut off and discard the root ends of the lettuce; separate the leaves. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a bowl, combine the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. 

Make the pepper rice:
2 Make the pepper rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, sliced peppers, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

Cook the pork:
3 Cook the pork:

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced onion and sautéed aromatics (carefully, as they may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the pork is browned. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the pork is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Assemble the lettuce cups & serve your dish:
4 Assemble the lettuce cups & serve your dish:

Serve the lettuce leaves, pepper rice, cooked pork, and chopped peanuts separately. Assemble each cup using 2 lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut off and discard the root ends of the lettuce; separate the leaves. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a bowl, combine the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. 

2 Make the pepper rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, sliced peppers, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

Make the pepper rice:
Cook the pork:
3 Cook the pork:

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced onion and sautéed aromatics (carefully, as they may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the pork is browned. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the pork is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

4 Assemble the lettuce cups & serve your dish:

Serve the lettuce leaves, pepper rice, cooked pork, and chopped peanuts separately. Assemble each cup using 2 lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

Assemble the lettuce cups & serve your dish:
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