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Spicy mince & lettuce cups

Spicy mince & lettuce cups

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • 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

  • Easily doubled
  • Freezable
Nutrition: per serving
low infat6g


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • large piece fresh root ginger , peeled and grated
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 2 red chillies , deseeded and finely sliced
  • 500g minced chicken , turkey or pork
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • juice 1 lime
  • 2 lime leaves , finely shredded

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
  • 1 lime , cut into wedges


  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2008


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