Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich (Bánh Mì)

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Main, Meat | March 14, 2017 | By

This not-so-traditional Vietnamese Bánh Mì sandwich is crazy delicious!  Made with slow cooker pulled pork, this delish dish actually has Chinese Five Spice seasoning for the rub, making it not-so-Vietnamese either!   You can make the pickled veggies ahead of time for the topping.  And, the pickled veggies make a great salad all by itself! Try serving this sammy open-faced for a twist, and to save some calories (I’m all about saving calories!).  Or, go for the gusto and eat the whole loaf — it’s that good!  

Add the pork shoulder to a slow cooker and walk away for four hours!

Pickled veggies are the crunchy topping to this yummy Bánh Mì sandwich!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich (Bánh Mì)
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder, fat trimmed, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce(or liquid aminos)
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • Sriracha aioli
  • 2 loaves Báhn Mì bread, or thick loaf baguette
  • For the Pickled Vegetables:
  • ½ English cucumber, sliced very thin
  • 3 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 4 large radishes, sliced very thin
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced very thin
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place the pork in a large bowl and rub in the Chinese Five Spice until pork is completely coated. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, sherry, garlic, and ginger. Place the pork at the bottom of a slow cooker and pour the mixture over the pork, tossing to coat. Cook the pork on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. Stir halfway through. When the pork is finished, shred the pork with two forks, discarding any fat. Keep warm.
  3. While the pork is cooking, place the sliced veggies in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar to the veggies and stir to coat well. Let sit for 10 minutes to draw out the moisture. Rinse well and drain. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, and remaining 2 tablespoons salt and 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir until dissolved. Pour over the veggies and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  4. To make the aioli: Combine 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce with 4 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise.
  5. To assemble the Bánh Mì sandwich, slice the baguette in half and cut into evenly portioned sizes (about 3 inches). Spread the aioli on the bottom of the baguette. Layer with pulled pork, pickled veggies, and cilantro leaves.

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Asian Rubbed Salmon

Seafood | February 28, 2017 | By

Having lived in Gothenburg, Sweden for a few years definitely had its advantages. The freshest seafood from Sweden’s west coast supplied the entire country! One of my favorites to prepare was (and still is) the Norwegian salmon. It’s fatty and rich with flavor! I cooked this salmon at least twice a week, experimenting with different recipes. Here’s one of my go-to recipes. It’s incredibly simple and incredibly good! You don’t have to use Norwegian salmon, any salmon will do. I just think a fattier salmon is best (don’t worry, it’s the “good” omega fat). If you shop at Whole Foods they always have the Norwegian salmon on hand. Just ask the fish monger!

Asian Rubbed Salmon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey powder or teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Fresh thyme or cilantro for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all spices in a small glass bowl. Brush canola oil on both sides of fish. Generously sprinkle salmon with spice mixture on both sides of fish. Heat a large heavy skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil on medium high to high heat. Place fish skin side down in pan. Cook for 4 minutes until nicely seared. Turn fish over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes until fish is light pink. Garnish with herbs and lemon wedges on the side. Serve with rice if desired.
Notes
Honey powder can be found at specialty spice stores like Penzy's.

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