SPICY MINCE BITES
Prep time 10 mins Cooking time 15 mins Serves 4
2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 spring onions, finely chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, very finely chopped 1 knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated 2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped 200g chicken mince 2 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp tamarind paste 2 tsp palm or brown sugar Small crispy lettuce leaves (baby cos or gem), as cups 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped A handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped Lime wedges, to serve
Heat the oil in a hot pan and sauté garlic, spring onions, lemongrass, ginger and chillies together until aromatic. Remove from the pan and keep aside. To the same pan, add the chicken mince and sauté with the fish sauce, tamarind and sugar until crumbly and cooked, breaking the lumps in the process. Add the cooked garlic mixture and check seasoning. Sauté until the mince caramelises. Spoon the mince mixture into the lettuce cups and sprinkle with peanuts and coriander. Place the lettuce cups on a plate with lemon wedges on the side to serve.