Last week I told you about a contest I was entering, where I was challenged to make a delicious March Madness snack using at least frozen food products. Well, tonight at the #FrozenChefMadness Twitter Party my entry was honored to be named as one of the #EliteAte, which means I am into the semi-finals! Soon they will announce the #FinalFour and then me, as the winner.
Okay, maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself — some of the competition is pretty intimidating — but I am really proud of this dish, and I think you’ll love it if you try it.
So without further ado, the promised recipe!
Bánh Mì Meatball Sliders with Cherry Smoothie Shooters
If you’ve never heard of Bánh Mì, you are missing out. It’s an amazing Vietnamese sandwich, inspired by their history as a French colony, that fuses the flavors of both countries. Typically the sandwich consists of some sort of pork (meatball and pork belly are my favorites), with quick pickled vegetables and cilantro, on a crispy fresh baguette.
One of our favorite lunch places near our house is a Vietnamese sandwich shop, where I like to take my boys for Bánh Mì and boba (also called “bubble tea,” a sort of smoothie with tapioca pearls in it.)
Inspired by what we typically get there together, I came up with this dish that recreates the experience, flavors, and textures in slider form, perfect for munching during whatever madness March may bring.
For the Sliders
2 cups carrot, julienned, or coarsely grated
2 cups daikon radish, julienned, or coarsely grated
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Alexia frozen rolls (Note: I used their Sweet Potato Rolls because my boys are nuts for them, but Alexia also has other varieties like French and While Wheat rolls if you’d prefer.)