Grilled Eggplant Bahn Mi Sandwich

Makes 4 servings


Grilled Eggplant Bahn Mi Sandwich Ingredients:

  • Do Chua (recipe follows)
  • Shiitake Mushroom Paté (recipe follows)
  • Grilled Eggplant (recipe follows)
  • 2 12-inch crispy baguettes
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño (thinly sliced)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • Cilantro leaves (to garnish)
  • 2 medium limes (quartered)
  • Sea salt (to taste)

Do Chua (pickled carrots and radish) Ingredients:

  • 1 medium carrot
  • 4 medium radish
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Shiitake Mushroom Paté Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake (about 10 ounces, stems and all)
  • 1 large shallot, sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Cracked black pepper (to taste)

Grilled Eggplant Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Cracked black pepper (to taste)

Grilled Eggplant Bahn Mi Sandwich Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make the Do Choa, Shiitake Mushroom Paté, and Grilled Eggplant according to the recipes.
  2. In a 350-degree oven, warm the baguettes so the outside of them is nice and crispy. Split the baguette down one side and leave the other side intact (like a hinge). In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and sriracha to make sriracha mayo.
  3. Start assembling the sandwiches by spreading the sriracha mayo on the top and the paté on the bottom.
  4. Continue by adding eggplant, cucumber, hot pepper slices, sliced green onion, Do Chua, and garnish with cilantro leaves.
  5. Add sea salt to taste. Cut each sandwich in half and serve with lime wedges.

Do Chua Directions:

  1. Thinly slice carrots and radishes using a mandolin or sharp knife.
  2. Place vegetables into a 1/2-pint mason jar. In a small pan over high heat, bring the water, vinegar, salt, and honey to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully pour over the vegetable in the jar.
  4. Place the lid on the jar and place in the fridge until ready to serve. (Makes 1/2 pint.)

Shiitake Mushroom Paté Directions:

  1. In a large frying pan over high heat, add the olive and sesame oil. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the shiitake mushrooms and shallots. Allow mushrooms and shallots to pick up plenty of color from the pan before stirring; this gives your paté a deep flavor.
  2. Cook mushrooms for a total of 2 minutes.
  3. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup water and transfer the contents of the pan to your food processor.
  4. Add the soy sauce, cocoa powder, and cracked black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Place pâté in a bowl and in the fridge until ready to serve. (Makes about 1 cup.)

Grilled Eggplant Directions:

  1. Preheat your outdoor grill to high -- or if a grill isn't available, use a cast-iron grill pan. Using a vegetable peeler, remove 1/2 of the eggplant skin in long strips.
  2. Slice eggplant into 1/2-inch rounds and place onto a rimmed baking sheet. In a small mason jar or bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar and shake it up to emulsify. Brush both sides of each eggplant slice with the mixture and add cracked black pepper to taste.
  3. Grill eggplant slices for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until well-marked by the grill grates. Remove and wrap slices in aluminum foil until ready to serve.

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