Bahn Mi @ Home

20130118-093846.jpg I've never ordered a bahn mi in a restaurant or from a food truck, but that didn't stop me from coming up with a delicious Soffritto version. The flavor profile just sings to my pregnant pallet: seared meat, crusty baguette, spicy citrus mayo, pickled & fresh veg - YUM!

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Ingredients: feeds 4 hungry adults - 2 packs of bool kogi beef from Trader Joes (alternatively you could grill any of your fav meats or extra firm tofu) cooked to desired doneness - 4 radishes, thinly sliced - 1 bunch of cilantro, washed & dried - 1 package of shredded carrots, soak in apple cider or red wine vinegar for an hour - 2 hours - 2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced - 2 French baguettes, cut into fourths, half & pull out some of the internal bread - 1 jalapeƱo, sliced - Sriracha - 1 cup of mayo - 1-2 limes

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Method: - get the carrots soaking in the vinegar, soak for an hour or 2 then drain the vinegar. Sharp is good here. It cuts through the meat & spicy mayo. - prep all the veg & keep cool in the fridge - make the spicy mayo: combine mayo, juice of 1-2 limes & add desired sriracha. It's got a kick so taste as you go. Store in the fridge until making the sammies. - grill up the meat - cut the baguettes & start layering on the sauce, veg & meat

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The veg prep goes fairly quickly and is most of the work. This is one of our Friday favs, delicious and quick. When our little eater is in a picky mood we put the meat & veg over rice so he can eat and roll out, while we dig into a second helping.

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What's your fav sandwich? All this talk about sandwiches is making me hungry...