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Pork Meatball Bánh Mì

Yields1 Serving

 1 lb. ground pork
 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
 4 garlic cloves, crushed
 1-2 green onions, finely chopped
 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
 2 tsp. sriracha or other hot chile sauce (or to taste)
 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
 salt & pepper
 2 cups coarsely grated carrots
 1/4 cup rice vinegar
 1/4 cup sugar
 4 10" individual baguettes or four chunks of baguette
 thinly sliced cucumber (use a vegetable peeler)
 fresh cilantro

In a bowl, mix together the pork, basil, garlic, onions, fish sauce, sriracha, sugar and salt and pepper and mix it all up with your hands. Roll into 1" balls and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.


Meanwhile, toss the grated carrot with the rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Let sit until you're ready to assemble your sandwiches.


To assemble, spread baguettes with mayo; top with a squirt of sriracha to taste, and stuff with pickled carrots, cucumber strips, meatballs and sprigs of fresh cilantro.