Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Nothing pleases me more than making a meal to enjoy with my family. There is something deeply satiating about nourishing those you love with good food and I feel so blessed to be able to do it. But not everybody has this luxury. There are so many people in this world (and in your own neighborhood) who don’t have the ability to put food on their table. So when I was asked to help Ohio’s foodbanks, I jumped at the chance!

And guess what? You can help too!

Each time someone visits Ohio’s hog farmers on YouTube to watch this darling “Pork from Fork to Farm” video, Ohio Pork Producers Council and its partners will donate one pound of ground pork to Ohio’s foodbanks. Do you believe it?  You can help feed the hungry with one little click from the comfort of your own home. How easy is that?

In keeping with the theme of the campaign, I was asked to make a recipe using ground pork. I decided to make Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps. They are perfect for Spring and make a delightful appetizer or a dazzling main meal.

These are some of the flavorful ingredients I used.

And did I mention that these lettuce wraps are a one dish meal?

I’ve got to admit that while I love pork, I have never used ground pork. I’m pleased to say that it is divine!

The only other thing you’ll need to make your meal complete are lettuce leaves and a little bit of your favorite dipping sauce. Personally, I didn’t even use the dipping sauce. The flavors were so vivid and delicious I just didn’t need any.

We enjoyed the sweet & spicy pork filling wrapped in Boston Lettuce leaves because I happen to love their buttery flavor, but any ol’ lettuce will suffice!

Just spoon the filling into a lettuce leaf,

and top with Daikon sprouts,

or crispy rice noodles.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps are easy and affordable not to mention delicious. I know as I feed my family this evening I shall count my blessings and be ever so grateful for the opportunity to do so. Please join me in the effort to help feed others who are hungry. You’re help is just a click away.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the kind folks of the Ohio Pork Producers Council, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Be sure to stop by and visit these other four Ohio bloggers with whom I have teamed up to check out their delicious recipes!

Aimee of Shugary Sweets

Caitlin of Cooking with Caitlin

Lucrecer of Lucrecer

Tara of Unsophisticook

Here’s the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Makes 8-12 small wraps

Here’s What You’ll Need :

For the meat filling :

1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 pound ground pork
1 shallot, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup water chestnuts, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce (to coat the finished pork filling before serving)

 For the sweet & spicy sauce: 

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2  teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce

Here’s What You’ll Do:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute shallots until they become translucent. Add red bell peppers stirring occasionally until they become soft, about 5 minutes, add garlic and stir before adding the ground pork. Add salt and red pepper flakes. While the pork is browning, put all ingredients for the sweet & spicy sauce into a bowl and whisk until everything is incorporated. Once the pork is fully browned pour the sweet & spicy sauce into the pan stirring until all liquid has reduced. Add water chestnuts and for the last finishing spicy touch, pour in 2 Tablespoons of Sriracha sauce and stir until all of the ground pork is coated. Spoon into freshly washed and dried lettuce leaves and serve.

Enjoy!

~Wenderly