SMOKED TROUT BANH MI
Meal Theme: Sandwiches
Approximate Yield: 6 Servings
Our Smoked Trout Banh Mi amounts to a healthy meal, made with our smoked trout and some homemade quick-pickled vegetables. Great packed up for picnics, or enjoyed at home for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a hearty snack. The baguette was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the mid-19th century, and is often eaten as a breakfast or snack in this sandwich's homeland. A popular street food in Vietnam for many years, the Banh Mi is now popular worldwide.
1⁄2 pound Carrots (peeled and cut into thin matchsticks about 2 inches long)
1⁄2 pound Daikon radish (peeled cut into thin matchsticks, about 2 inches long)
1⁄2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1⁄2 cup Water
1⁄4 cup Rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 Medium red onion (very thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 pinch Salt and pepper
1⁄2 cup Prepared mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1⁄2 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 pound Smoked trout fillets (found under Acme, or Blue Hill Bay label)
6 Small baguettes
1 bunch Watercress
1 bunch Cilantro
2 hours total to prep and pickle the carrots and diakon, 20 minutes to prep the red onions, and 10 minutes to compose sandwiches.
Make the pickled carrots and daikon: Place the carrots and daikon in a large strainer, sprinkle with salt and toss to mix. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a nonreactive saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, and sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Rinse the vegetables briefly with cold water, then squeeze dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables and stir with a wooden spoon to ensure all the vegetables are well moistened. Let stand for 1 hour before serving.
Make the red onion mixture: In a small bowl, combine onion, lemon, sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate 15 minutes.
Make the spicy mayonnaise: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sriracha and lemon juice. Set aside.
Make the sandwich: Slice the baguette in half the long way and spread each half with spicy mayonnaise. Layer watercress, onion mixture, pickled carrots and daikon, smoked trout and cilantro. Slice sandwich in half and serve.