Banh Mi is rising to popularity: a French inspired Vietnamese sandwich that’s making an impact on the American street food scene. French colonization in Vietnam has led to a slew of interesting dishes. Banh Mi is a prime example. Typically made with french bread, Banh Mi sandwiches combine pickled carrots, daikon, cilantro, spicy mayonnaise, and some type of savory Vietnamese meat: lemongrass beef, spicy pork, Vietnamese sausage, etc.

Banh Mi Sliders are my own interpretation, perfect for parties. Same ingredients, same delicious combination of flavors, but in a small, party-friendly package. Ground pork patties are flavored with lemongrass, basil, and Thai chilies, then kissed on the grill. Served with pickled carrots, fresh cilantro, and a sriracha spiked mayo, this dish is the perfect way to introduce Vietnamese flavors to your friends!

Ingredients (Makes 8 sliders)

8 slider buns

1 lb ground pork

3 cloves garlic (minced)

1 inch ginger (grated)

2 green onions (chopped)

1/4 cup chopped Thai Basil

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

3 stalks lemongrass (inner bulb) (finely chopped)

3 thai chilies (chopped)

1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes

3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Pickled Carrots

8 carrots (peeled and cut into thin strips)

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4-6 black peppercorns

Spicy Mayo

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sriracha sauce

Other Ingredients

1/2 red onion sliced

Bunch of Cilantro

Method

Start by peeling 8 carrots and cutting into thin strips (julienne). Combine carrots with vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns and let sit for at least two hours. Mix 1 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce and reserve. Combine all ingredients for meat patties and divide into eight equal portions. Roll into balls and flatten with palm of your hand to form small patties. Heat a greased grill to high temperature and cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. In the meantime, you may toast slider buns on upper rack in grill for about 2 minutes. To assemble sliders, place patty on bottom bun, then top with pickled carrots, sliced red onion, and fresh cilantro leaves. Spread a liberal amount of spicy may onto the other bun and top. Enjoy!


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