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When you are craving Asian flavors, but not quite the tired old stir-fry, consider adding a fresh twist by taking your meal off the bed of rice and wrapping it in a lettuce leaf! It's a nice, fresh way to add a taste of summer to your meal, too.

For lettuce wraps, forego the traditional heads you find in the grocery store and look for a small head of Boston lettuce. The smaller leaves are cup-shaped and hold fillings really well, you need only spoon a little into the center and wrap the edges around it and you're ready to eat!

A word of warning: these are pretty messy little morsels! Make sure you have plenty of napkins around. Better yet, enjoy them outdoors and go play in the sprinkler afterwards! Yay for summer!

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Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps

  • 2 T. peanut oil
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin -- trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red pepper -- cleaned and sliced
  • 1 c. chopped snap peas
  • 1 small zucchini -- halved and sliced
  • 1/4 c. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. Thai chile-garlic paste
  • 2 T. fried garlic -- optional (look for in an Asian grocery)
  • 1 small head Boston lettuce

Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the pork and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the remaining vegetables and stir-fry another 5-7 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked and the vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the hoisin sauce, chile-garlic paste and fried garlic, if desired, and remove from the heat. Serve hot wrapped in cleaned Boston lettuce leaves.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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