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Lettuce wraps on a lazy Sunday

Some cooked ground pork in a pan next to some dipping sauce

Lazy Sunday cooking is one of my favorite things. Lazy Sunday cooking doesn't mean it's a quick meal, just an easy one. I don't have anywhere to be, so I want to take my time and go slow. I don't have work during the day, so I can take as long as I need to make my lunch, and then when I take photos I have plenty of natural light!

So this week's Sunday meal was lettuce wraps. This is one of the first things I wrote about in this blog way back in 2019. I decided on lettuce wraps when I concluded that the green leaf lettuce was just not going to work in a salad. This also allowed me to use up more of my hoisin sauce, which, hmm, is that expired?

FEB 19, 2023

Okay, so it's only a little expired. Honestly, it's probably still good for another year. I also got to use up more of my rice cooking wine which has probably been sitting in my pantry for much longer...

Best Before: 04012019

😬 Uhhh, I think it's still fine.

A spread of lettuce wrap ingredients - marinated ground pork, mushroom, and peanuts, some dipping sauce, pieces of green leaf lettuce, and some chopped scallions

The recipe only calls for half a pound of meat, but I doubled it (except for the dipping sauce--there's more than plenty of that). I really like the ground meat mixture, and I know in my old post I said that I can use whatever mushrooms I have available, but I did use shiitake in this, and I thought shiitake was great in it.

A scoop of the ground pork mixture on a lettuce leaf, with some rice next to it

The whole process of actually putting the meat in some lettuce, and then attempting to wrap that up? Yeah, that's still completely impractical. It just breaks and food falls out and your hands are a mess. I don't care what kind of lettuce you use. Lettuce is not a good wrap.

Next time, I'm chopping up the lettuce into bite size pieces and just making it a bowl meal.

Another photo of the cooked ground pork mixture in a pan, next to some lettuce leaves on a place, and dipping sauce in a bowl

In spite of the mess, this was delicious, and perfect for a lazy Sunday. I'd definitely make it again.

Lettuce Wraps

Man, there are not enough hours in the day. I come home from work, run an errand, cook dinner, eat dinner, wash the dishes, shower, and then it's already 9pm! And I told myself I was going to prioritize sleep this year. When am I ever going to have time to actually write blog posts?!

I gotta catch up on posting about the things I've cooked. So here's some pork lettuce wraps I made a few weeks ago.

Pork lettuce wraps
More like "pork on a bed of lettuce" but whatever.

I actually bought lettuce to put in a hamburger, but I used maybe two leaves of it for that so naturally I decided to make lettuce wraps. I really like the Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap recipe from skinnytaste, but I do make a few modifications.

  • Replace ground chicken with ground pork.
  • Replace shiitake mushrooms with whatever mushroom is cheapest.
  • Use 2 whole scallions instead of 2 tablespoons of scallion. I don't even know how you're supposed to measure scallions in tablespoons.
  • Don't use iceberg lettuce. It is really hard to eat a lettuce wrap with iceberg lettuce.
Pork lettuce wrap close up
Close up!

We used green leaf lettuce...which was also hard to wrap with. Why do people like wrapping things in lettuce anyway? Next time I'll just make a taco.

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