Pork Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple Salsa

Pork Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple Salsa
  1. 4-pound pork shoulder with fat, cut into 1 1/2" cubes
  2. 2 T. dark soy sauce
  3. 2 T. light soy sauce
  4. 1 1/2 t. five spice powder
  5. 1 yellow onion
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  8. 1 cinnamon stick
  9. 2 pods star anise
  10. zest of one orange
  11. 2 T. sweetened condensed milk
  12. 1 T. brown sugar
  13. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  14. 2 1/2 cups water
  1. 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
  2. 1 cup daikon radish, coarsely grated
  3. 1/2 red onion, diced small
  4. 1/2 Thai red chili, seeded and minced
  5. 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  6. juice of one lime
  7. juice of one orange
For serving
  1. 2 heads bibb or green leaf lettuce
  1. Toss pork with soy sauces and five spice powder. Cover and chill 30 minutes while prepping remaining ingredients.
  2. Slice one small slit on the outside of each onion half. Insert a bay leave into each slit, then stud each onion with two garlic cloves. Add onion and remaining ingredients to a 5 1/2 qt. Dutch oven, along with the pork. Bring to a boil and skim the surface of any foam. Reduce the heat to a rapid simmer and cook, uncovered, for 2 hours, or until all the liquid is evaporated and the pork is cooking in melted fat. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature*.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  4. Lift the pork out of the Dutch oven with a wire skimmer or slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Discard the onion, spices and any other solids from the pot. Reserve 2 or 3 tablespoons of fat. Wipe out the pot.
  5. Loosely shred the pork into large chunks. Return it, along with the reserved fat, to the Dutch oven. Cook 20 minutes or until well-browned. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  1. Combine all ingredients together. Season to taste with salt and pepper as needed. Cover and chill.
For serving
  1. Separate large leaves from the lettuce, then rinse and dry thoroughly.
  2. Assemble the wraps by topping lettuce leaves with the pork and salsa.
  1. * If making this recipe ahead of time, the pork can be refrigerated overnight at this stage.
Adapted from Le Creuset
Adapted from Le Creuset
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