Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spicy Creole Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayo

Umm Umm Good!

If you have never eaten a Banh Mi, then you are truly missing out on Vietnamese goodness!

The Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich filled with great meat, fresh and or pickled veggies, and some of the most delicious bread I have every tasted.

I've decided to take my favorite Banh Mi and "creolize" it!

 Yes, I am using perfectly seasoned, marinated flank steak.

Perfectly pickled vegetables that I will grill with a little butter and olive oil. I will finish my Banh Mi off with a nice Ciabatta bread.

 Yes, I am aware Ciabatta bread is Italian but it is one of my favorite breads and I say why not use it!

We're cooking people and that means we can use whatever we like. That's what makes cooking so much fun. There are no rules in cooking, baking on the other hand, please follow most of the rules are you will end up with hockey pucks for cake.

I know I don't even have to tell you this again, but, Let's EAT!

Spicy Creole Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayo

Prep Time: 20 minutes + Marinating Time
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Pickled vegetables for sandwich

1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1c. Daikon radish, peeled, grated
1/4 c. Italian parsley, minced
2 c. grated carrots
1c. chopped cabbage
¼ c. rice wine vinegar
1/4. C. sugar or maybe honey
1 tsp. creole seasoning
1 tsp. black pepper
Jalapenos, sliced 

Slice all vegetables, add everything to a bowl and toss well, allow to marinate at least 1 hour. 
Flank Steak
1 ½ lb. flank steak
¼. C. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
6 cloves roasted garlic
4 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. creole seasoning
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 lemon, juiced

Preheat oven to broil. Place garlic cloves on a piece of foil, pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top of cloves, sprinkle a pinch of salt and roast garlic cloves for about 20 minutes. 

Rinse steak and pat dry. Thinly slice steak, as thin as you can get it. You could also leave it whole and slice it prior to cooking. In a glass casserole dish or you could use a freezer bag, place steak inside. Pour remaining olive oil over steak and rub into steak. Add all the seasonings and pour soy sauce, mix well. Marinate steak for at least 30 minutes. I like to marinate for at least an hour if time permits.

Grill steak 2-3 minutes per side depending on your desired level of doneness. Remove steak from pan, add pickled veggies and sliced jalapenos. Grill for about 3-4 minutes. 

Assemble Sandwich:

1 ciabatta bread
sriracha mayonnaise= 1c. mayo+ 1 tbsp. sriracha=real spicy
grilled steak and vegetables
butter for grilling bread
fresh sliced jalapenos

In a medium pot, spread butter on sliced ciabatta, grill for about 3 minutes are until golden brown, top with mayonnaise, steak meat and veggies.  Enjoy


  1. The banh mi is one of my favorite sandwiches and I love what you've done with it!

    1. Thank you Peggy, I take that as a huge compliment coming from you since I consider you queen of meats. LOL I have never seen meat look so pretty until I went on your site. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. i found you via your tweet to influenster...this looks delicious, i love bahn mi and i love anything creole (this is coming from a south Louisiana girl w/creole roots!) so if this dish was on the taste you'd definitely have my gold star for the week!



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