Banh Mi Meatball Bites

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I don’t know what my thing is with Vietnamese food, but seriously, I cannot get enough of it.  I’ve scarfed down a whole plate full of these pork and shrimp spring rolls dipped in massive amounts of peanut sauce and this salad reminds me a lot of Vietnamese cold noodle salads. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve recreated the classic banh mi sandwich into delicious banh mi meatball bites. These pork meatballs are stuffed with sautéed shallots and garlic, fish sauce and of course, spicy sriracha.  Once cooked, simply top them with fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeno and pickled carrots. I dipped mine in more sriracha sauce (can you really ever have too much sriracha) and that’s it! These were the perfect snack for watching football on Sunday, but these banh mi bites would also be excellent as a party appetizer or the meatballs could even be stuffed into a crusty French roll … [Read More...]

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