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Ginger Pork Bibb Cups

Ginger Pork Bibb CupsA mixture of cooked ground pork, water chestnuts, coleslaw, fresh ginger and cilantro is served in bibb lettuce cups drizzled with a delicious lime-soy dressing. This versatile dish can be served as an appetizer or as an entrée.

Recipe Ingredients:

Dressing:
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or honey
1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Filling:
8 ounces lean ground pork
3 cups coleslaw mix (with carrots)
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

16 Boston bibb lettuce leaves

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Dressing: Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue boiling 1 minute. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl to cool.
  2. For Filling: Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot. Cook the pork until no longer pink, stirring frequently breaking up larger pieces while cooking.
  3. Combine the cooked pork, coleslaw mix, water chestnuts, cilantro, gingerroot, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl and toss until well blended. Spoon equal amounts in each of the lettuce leaves, (about 1/4 cup per leaf). Spoon equal amounts (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of the dressing over each.
  4. May serve with knives and forks or pull up edges of leaves and enjoy as mini wraps.

Makes 16 servings.

Tip: For a double quick dressing, use 1/2 cup light Asian sesame salad dressing in place of the dressing above.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe: 1 leaf; 1/4 cup pork mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons dressing): Calories: 160 calories; Protein: 13 grams; Fat: 5 grams; Sodium: 570 milligrams; Cholesterol: 35 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Fiber: 3 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Pork, Be Inspired®.