Meatball Bahn Mi – NOT Bang Me

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bahnmiYeah, there’s a story there.

Sadly, Bahn Mi will forever remind me of the ex-boyfriend and my most unfortunate but?funniest damn-you-auto-correct to date. It’s one of those memories that no matter how sour the relationship got, I’ll still always smile sweetly when I think of that day. Thanks Siri.

We were getting ready to go camping?(our first weekend outing)?and he was food shopping with his buddy, texting me?for lunch ideas. As I innocently suggested “Bahn Mi”, my brilliant and incorrigible Autocorrect changed my words?to “Bang Me” without my noticing, making me not only the joke of the weekend but?providing endless giggles.

Fast forward a few years, and it’s still my favorite sandwich, despite the bittersweet association to the ex. Though I’ve prepared this recipe a number of ways (with sliced pork tenderloin, and breaded?chicken strips), this version?(based on Bon Appetit’s with slight modifications) has become?my go-to.

It’s a bit of work, but the holy trinity of meats will sing hymns in your mouth?while?the candied jalape?os?(recipe here)?try to steal the spotlight.

Meatball Bahn Mi - Not Bang Me
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Meatball Bahn Mi - Not Bang Me
Print Recipe
Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Instructions
To Make Meatballs
  1. Gently mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Roll meat into 1-inch balls and chill on baking sheet (you can skip this recipe if time is a factor, but you can also do this a day ahead).
  2. Heat sesame oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Saut? meatballs, turning on all sides until golden brown. Transfer to oven safe dish and keep warm until ready to use.
Pickled Vegetables
  1. Toss all ingredients for pickled veges into a ziplock bag and let stand at room temperature for one our, tossing occasionally.
Mayo
  1. Mix ingredients in a small bowl, cover and chill.
Sandwich Assembly
  1. Cut each roll in half and spread with chili mayo.
  2. Fill roll with 4-5 meatballs, top with drained pickled veges, cucumber, jalape?os and cilantro
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