Monday, May 16, 2016

Lazy Day


West Texas has some crazy weather.  It's been really hot all week, and then today it's cold and rainy.  It's a good day to not do a whole lot.  We've been on the couch pretty much all day.  But, when you work as much as I do which is roughly 53 hours a week, six days a week, then I think we all deserve a lazy day every now and then.

I am a huge sandwich fan, especially when they look fancy. This sandwich is a Meatball Bahn Mi.  A bahn mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that usually has some type of meat, pickled veggies, and a spicy sauce.  My version is pretty quick to make.  There are pickled carrots, radishes, and jalapenos.  And there's a spicy Sriracha mayo and fresh cilantro all on a chewy baguette.  These were fantastic and my picky 15-year-old son loved it!  Enjoy!

MEATBALL BAHN MI
FOR THE PICKLED VEGGIES:
1 C thinly sliced radishes
1 C carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
2 jalapenos, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T sugar
1/4 C rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

FOR THE MEATBALLS:
1 lb ground pork
2 T chopped cilantro
A few drops of sesame oil
1 green onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fish sauce
1 T Sriracha
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 T cornstarch
2 teaspoons sugar

FOR THE SPICY MAYO:
1/2 C mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Juice of half a lime
1-2 T Sriracha, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste

FOR THE SANDWICH:
1 long baguette, cut into three (for three sandwiches)
Fresh chopped cilantro

For the pickled veggies, mix together the vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and salt.  Put the veggies in a bowl and pour the mixture over the veggies.  Chill, stirring occasionally, for at least an hour.

Whisk the spicy mayo ingredients together and chill it until you're ready to use it.  If you'd like the baguettes to be warm, wrap them in foil and put them in a 200 degree oven while you cook the meatballs.

Mix together the meatball ingredients.  Form the meatballs into about ping pong ball size.  Drizzle a little oil in a skillet and cook the meatballs on medium high heat, turning occasionally, until they are all browned and done through.

Open the three baguettes and spread on some spicy mayo and top with the meatballs, pickled veggies and fresh cilantro.

Adapted from Tasty

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