MOCK DUCK BAHN MI WITH PICKLED TURNIPS AND CARROTS
Makes 2 sandwiches
Bahn mi is best on a light, airy baguette with a thin crust, rather than a dense and chewy one. You can substitute any meat you like for the mock duck—roast pork, pâté, meatballs, chicken, even catfish are all good options. You will probably have more pickle than you need, but I like to make extra to snack on. If you have a mandoline, use it to julienne the carrot and turnip.
1 can mock duck, drained
1⁄4 cucumber, sliced
1 jalapeño, julienned, seeds and ribs removed if you want a milder flavor
6 sprigs cilantro
Pickled Turnips and Carrots
1⁄2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup rice vinegar
1 medium turnip, in 1⁄8 inch julienne
1 medium carrot, in 1⁄8 inch julienne
For the pickles: Pour the hot water over the sugar and salt and stir to dissolve. Add the vinegar and stir. Add the turnip and carrot. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
To make the sandwiches: Preheat oven to 350°. When hot, place baguettes directly on oven rack and heat for 5 minutes. Cut in half horizontally. Spread mayonnaise to taste on the bread. Layer each baguette with mock duck, cucumber slices, jalapeño, and pickles to taste, and top with the cilantro.