Preheat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add sesame oil. Brown ground pork.
Cook the black rice using a medium sauce pan, according to the package directions. This should take approximately 30 minutes for one cup of rice. We did this while cooking the lettuce wrap ingredients. Saved tons of time!
After the pork is fully browned, remove from pan, leaving juices. There won't be much as the pork is very lean. You may have to add a little more oil at this point.
Mise en place (cut and prepare) all your veggies so that they are diced in equal sizes.
Drain and quarter those yummy water chestnuts.
Sautee the veggies in the hot skillet until tender. Adding the ginger, garlic, and water chestnuts after your veggies are tender. This is a perfect time to season with salt according to your taste.
Add the pork back into the veggie mixture. Stirring well. Pour the teriyaki and soy sauces over the mixture. Continue to stir until heated through.
Using a small ramekin or other small bowl, fill to the top with the rice and carefully invert onto the plate to form those pretty little mounds of rice. Top with a drizzle of sesame oil and a few black sesame seeds.
Serve the pork teriyaki mixture on a platter in the middle of the table with the lettuce on the side for a crowd...or fill in a few individual lettuce cups for each person. Whatever you prefer!
Two words. Cheese and Potatoes. Put them both together and we are in Heaven! These Cheesy Au gratin Potatoes are melt in your mouth good. An excellent choice for a side dish and really way easier to make than you might think.
Wash new potatoes and thinly slice. You can use a food processor attachment if you like, but we just used the handy kitchen chef knife at there were only 5 potatoes to slice. Try to get all of the slices equal in width so that they cook evenly.
Rinse the potato slices in cold water and pat dry on a clean kitchen towel.
Using a large heavy gauge sauce pan, add potatoes, milk, garlic and butter.
Add spices and cook over medium heat making sure to stir often so that the milk does not stick to the pan. Bring to a boil for 7 minutes.
Shred the fresh parmesan cheese using a regular cheese grater. Freshly grated cheeses seem to melt better than pre-packaged, pre-shredded kinds.
Pour boiled potatoes mixture into a 9"x13" glass casserole pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. We used coconut oil spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until it is bubbling and brown on top.
Serve as a side dish to your favorite meatloaf, pork chops, or roasted chicken.
This Au Gratin is also wonderfully versatile enough to use with many other types of cheeses. Pick your favorite to substitute instead of the parmesan. Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss...have fun experimenting. 😉