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Friday, July 24, 2009

asian pork wraps

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Asian Pork Wraps

2 tablespoons canola oil or peanut oil
2 tablespoons minced lemongrass (from bottom 3 inches of about 4 stalks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps chopped
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, divided
1 3/4 pounds ground pork
2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
3 teaspoons Asian sesame oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/2 cup hoisin sauce*
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)*
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

2 heads of Bibb lettuce, cored, leaves separated
1 cup matchstick-size strips red bell pepper
1 cup matchstick-size strips peeled carrot
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemongrass and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add mushrooms. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt; sauté until mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; cool in skillet.

Place pork in large bowl. Mix in 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, cracked pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, then fold in mushroom mixture. Using 2 generous tablespoonfuls for each, shape into 18 patties, each about 2 1/4 inches in diameter; arrange on plastic-lined baking sheet.

Whisk hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, chili sauce, and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 teaspoons sesame oil in small bowl for sauce. DO AHEAD: Burgers and sauce can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover separately; chill.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat ). Grill burgers until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Arrange burgers on platter; set out sauce. Place lettuce, bell pepper, carrot, and cilantro in separate bowls. Serve, allowing guests to wrap burgers in lettuce and add sauce and vegetables as desired.

I have made these twice. Both times I have left out the lemongrass as it wasn't available. I made the patties into an oval shape to fit on the lettuce better and used leaf lettuce. We really enjoyed these! I found this on epicurious as I was looking for something that would work for a low carb entree. I was bringing a birthday lunch to a friend:)

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4 comments:

Anita said...

would you stop it? i don't even prepare meals like this, let alone take fabulous pictures of them! :)

Melanie said...

What can I say.... when you got it....flaut it!!;) Actually, most of the meals around these parts are fairly boring....I only document the pretty ones. Just for kicks I should take a picture of the grilled chicken and rice'o roni we are having tonight!! Steve loves that rice in a box stuff and I ALWAYS struggle to make it..it never turns out right!

Stephanie said...

ROFL at the Rice'oRoni!!!!!!!!!! You should totally blog that. It would make us mere mortals feel a little better, lol. :) Just kidding - I LOVE the recipes and the fab pics you take of them!!!

Amy said...

YUM! I bet I know that birthday friend. I'm going to try this one. Your pics. are just beautiful.