Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #veganSome of you may know that my mom asks me to cook for her and her friends occasionally, which firstly, I love because I will make vegan food for just about anyone to get them to eat a vegan meal/dish/dessert/etc., and second, is great because then I can usually get creative with it and share the recipe with you all! In this case, it worked out great because I needed to make something convenient, delicious and more like an appetizer. Enter: Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups.

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

Incomiiiiiing! gardein to the rescue, as always. I find it kind of weird that my mom (who eats meat) is into fake meats, but who am I to judge? She loves lettuce cup plates from various restaurants, so I thought utilizing gardein’s sweet & sour porkless bites would be a tasty and easy way to recreate something similar.

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

Sauté the porkless bites with onions and peppers for a juicy filling with good texture, then top it off with a lightly seasoned slaw of daikon, carrots and cabbage for some crunch! Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a simple garlic aioli and some sesame seeds. Overall, it was a huge success!

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

Because I don’t have to spend the time prepping tofu or steaming tempeh for this recipe, I saved tons of time; making this a good choice for parties or gatherings. Gawd knows I get in over my head when putting together a spread with too many components, but in this case you can prep the slaw and aioli ahead of time and sauté when you’re ready to serve.

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

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Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups

Make these quick and easy Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups for any guest and wow them with their great flavors!
Course Appetizer, Healthy
Cuisine Easy, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack

Ingredients

Garlic Aioli

  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder depending on how much you like garlic

Slaw

  • 1/4 cup julienned daikon radish
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup julienned broccoli stalk
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon diced fresh jalapeño
  • 1 package gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites + included sauce packet

Assembly

  • 8 leaves butter lettuce or similar cup-like lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

Garlic Aioli

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the aioli ingredients until combined and very smooth. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Slaw

  1. In a mixing bowl, toss radish, carrots, cabbage, broccoli stalk, rice vinegar and salt together until combined. Place in refrigerator until ready for plating.

Filling

  1. Warm oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Place onion, bell pepper and jalapeño in pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add porkless bites to the pan and saute mixture for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the bites start to brown. Add sauce to pan and cook for 2 more minutes over medium-low.

Assembly

  1. Lay the 8 lettuce cups out and divide porkless mixture between them, then top with slaw, drizzle with aioli and garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

 

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups switch-ups:

  • If you can’t find gardein near you, find a store-bought sweet & sour sauce and pan-fry some tofu, for the filling!
  • For bigger parties, try endive cups to make many more smaller servings.

Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups make for a quick and delicious appetizer! #vegan

4 Comments on “Sweet & Sour Porkless Lettuce Cups

  1. This was a fantastic meatless dish. Just perfect for meatless Mondays! I love your aioli recipe and I tried making it again with the juice of 2 lemons, came out really good too! Thank you for sharing this.

    • Wow, you’re fast! Glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂

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