Spicy mince & lettuce cups

Spicy mince & lettuce cups

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Ready in 25 minutes

Easy

Serves 4
A Thai inspired-dish which is quick, simple, cheap and low fat – yet still feels special and is full of flavour. A great pre-dinner nibble

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal253
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.73g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • large piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 500g minced chicken, turkey or pork
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • juice 1 lime
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 lime leaf, finely shredded
    Lime leaf

    Lime leaf

    ly-m leef

    Lime leaves are obtained from the kaffir lime, which is not a true lime at all but rather a…

To serve

  • mix of iceberg lettuce, Little Gem and cos leaves
  • large handful mint and coriander leaves, very roughly chopped
  • handful toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced into rings
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for 1 min. Add the mince, then cook on a high heat until golden brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shredded lime leaves, then cook everything down until sticky.

  2. Tip the mince into a serving bowl, then serve with a bowl of lettuce leaves for wrapping the mince in; the herbs, shallots and peanuts for scattering over; and the lime wedges for squeezing.

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1bigcheese
7th May, 2016
I loved this recipe! Couple of changes...I only added a heaped teaspoon of brown sugar as 85g seemed a lot, and found it to be plenty, didn't have any lime leaves but I don't feel it lacked any flavour, served mine in corn tortillas and grilled for a few minutes served with a fresh salad, full of flavour :)
Hutch41
8th Aug, 2014
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Beware...this recipe calls for 85g light brown sugar....I was doubtful and only added 45g and even then it was cloyingly, inedibly sweet ! This is an error....probably should be 8.5 g £15 worth of lovely ingredients down the waste disposal !
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davect
30th Jul, 2013
I opened the bottle of fish sauce and was doubtful. Even more so when it hit the pan. I had to turn on the cooker hood. I was very doubtful until I tasted the finished dish. This was amazingly delicious. Definitely making this again.
valjohn
1st Jul, 2013
My friend made this as a starter and it was absolutely fantastic. Really fresh and zingy. And it is really great making your own food - a very nice start to a meal
fenellabramwell
30th May, 2013
This is a delicious recipe. I used spring onions instead of shallotts. you do need to buy a large lettuce if you really want to be able to 'wrap' the mince up. I used a variety of sizes as suggested, and some of the little ones were just too small to wrap the mince up in. It is extremely easy too! Love it.
cmare123
5th Apr, 2013
5.05
This is delicious, I doubled the recipe for a very satisfying main, used less sugar, more chilli and added a raw grated carrot for "garnish", tastiest meal ever!
foodie64mum
23rd May, 2012
5.05
Very yummy, popular and easy. I used turkey mince and served it as a starter in baby gem lettuce leaves (2 each). This quantity serves 8 as a starter. Great recipe - I wouldn't change a thing!
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flightlessfairy
14th Apr, 2012
5.05
We were concerned about the flavours being overpowering so halved everything but the meat. Should have trusted the recipe as it was nice but would have been lovely with more oompf. Fabulous recipe served in iceberg leaves...perfect :)
nicolaberkin
11th Jun, 2011
5.05
Although the fish sauce makes this smell like feet when cooking, which was slightly offputting the first time i made it, the flavour is amazing! A firm favourite for me and OH!!!
kuifke
10th Jun, 2011
4.05
You can use this recipe to make tortillas or fajitas. Slice the iceberg lettuce and use some sour cream as topping

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beeman68
2nd Jun, 2015
Wouldn't mind trying this for a low carb diet, does it really need that much sugar? Without the sugar it would be great on the carb count!
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goodfoodteam
10th Nov, 2015
Thanks for getting in touch. The sugar in this recipe combines with the lime juice and fish sauce  to create a sticky caramel-like glaze, which is common in Thai and Vietnamese style cookery. This recipe for Bang bang chicken cups is similar but contains less sugar http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bang-bang-chicken-cups or this one using ginger beef http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ginger-beef-lettuce-wraps could be a good alternative too. Let us know how you get on. 
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