Asian BBQ Chicken Bahn Mi Sliders

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As of late, I have become a bit obsessed with Bahn Mi sandwiches .  I just love the fresh crisp veggies and herbs, flavorful meats, and that bread! Yum!

Bahn Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread, referring to the French Baguette. Baguettes were introduced to Vietnam during the colonial period. The Vietnamese Baguettes are a bit lighter and airier the the traditional French Baguette and have a bit crispier crust.

Bahn Mi Baguettes are made with a combination of rice and wheat flours which attribute to their lightness, making them the perfect vessel for sandwich making.

The baguettes are typically spread with mayonnaise, toasted and then topped with meats, marinated vegetables, fresh cilantro or other herbs and fresh sliced jalapeno peppers.

I made a sriracha/garlic/lime mayonnaise for mine. I did not toast the bread but you can if you like. Then topped it with Asian BBQ Chicken.

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Then a kale/cabbage mixture (I buy mine at Trader Joes) that I tossed with a little of my sweet and sour pickling marinade, shredded carrots also tossed with marinade, pickled watermelon radish and finished off with a few fresh cilantro sprigs.

 

To make the Asian BBQ Chicken:

Marinate 6 large boneless skinless chicken thighs in the following:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil (canola, olive or vegetable oil)

Marinate the chicken for at least 4-6 hours or overnight. Grill chicken until cooked through ( internal temperature of 165 degrees ).

For the Sriracha Mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, very finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

In a bowl whisk together all ingredients. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for about an hour for flavors to marry.

For the pickled vegetables:

See my previous post sweet and sour pickled vegetables

For the Baguettes: I buy mine at the local Vietnamese Bakery/Sandwich shop (Best Baguette) If you cannot find any in your town here is a recipe that I found to make at home. Baguette Recipe

Once you have made all of the components, then assemble sandwiches as shown above.

For those of you who are gluten free. Try a Bahn Mi rice bowl instead

Enjoy!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Salad with Marcona Almonds and Cotton Candy Grapes

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On a recent trip to the new produce stand, I purchased these yummy Cotton Candy Grapes.

“Description/Taste Cotton Candy® grapes look like your average green grape: oval-shaped, plump and firm. Their taste, however, is something entirely different. The flavor of these seedless grapes is unmistakably just like cotton candy. It is amazingly sweet, with a higher Brix level than the average green table grape and a texture that almost crunches. There is very little tartness, which holds the sweetness on the tongue, and a finish with hints of vanilla.” (from: specialty produce.com)

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It was the cute “Fruit People” that lured me in to the produce stand. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but once I was inside, the amount of produce packed into this small space was amazing.

I had originally thought that I would use the grapes to make some kind of dessert, but then decided to try them in a chicken salad.

I’m so glad that I did! The sweet juicy grapes were the perfect compliment to the salty Marcona Almonds.

This salad is great on it’s own but would be amazing on some grilled crusty bread brushed with olive oil and garlic.IMG_20150704_194516836_HDR

The perfect food for a sunny afternoon, on the patio, sipping a glass of Prosecco.

Yum!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Salad with Marcona Almonds and Cotton Candy Grapes

  • 2 cups diced Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken (see previous post for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, minced
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced ( I like to include to leafy tops)
  • 1/2 cups Cotton Candy grapes, halved ( cut in half before measuring)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Marcona Almonds ( I used rosemary Marcona Almonds but plain salted will work as well)
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Add more mayo if needed. No salt is required in this recipe since the chicken as already seasoned and the salt on the almonds add the perfect amount of salt.

Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

Smokey Pimento Cheese with Fresh Basil Topped with Oven Dried Tomatoes, Field Greens and Crispy Bacon

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Summer is finally almost here. With the promise of warm sunny days, many folks are planning summer road trips, camping and picnics.

As a child, anytime we would take a road trip, there was always a picnic basket packed with Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, a jar of sweet pickles or olives and some kind of fruit.

We would load the car up early in the morning and head out towards our destination. There always seemed to be a park on the way with a picnic area right at about lunch time.

Mom would always lay out a tablecloth on the picnic table and then unload the basket of sandwiches, pickles, fruit, iced tea or kool-aid and some cookies or other sweet treat.

To this day, Pimento Cheese always reminds me of summertime road trips and picnics.

On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I found some interesting cheeses that I thought would create a fun and unique twist on the traditional Pimento Cheese.

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For the Pimento Cheese:

  • 1 cup grated smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated rosemary asiago cheese
  • 1 2-ounce jar of diced pimentos
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

For the Oven Dried Tomatoes:

  • 10 ounce package of san marzano tomatoes or other plum tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, Minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Wash and slice tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place tomatoes in a bowl and toss with oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper to coat. Place tomatoes in a single layer, skin side down on a sheet pan.

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Roast in a 325 degree oven for about 1 hour 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

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For The Sandwiches:

  • Good crusty rustic Italian bread
  • Smokey Pimento Cheese
  • Oven Dried Tomatoes
  • Crisp cooked bacon
  • Mixed field greens

Spread a good amount of Pimento Cheese onto bread

 

Top with oven dried tomatoes

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Then some of the field greens and bacon

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Top with another slice of bread that has been spread with a bit of mayonnaise.IMG_20170615_225926848

Enjoy!