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.Banh Mi (and a gluten free baguette recipe).

This is one of my favorite foods at the moment. I just absolutely love fresh cilantro and love trying new recipes that has it. That's why we often eat Mexican and Asian food. 

The Banh mi sandwiches have everything. I love bread, meatballs, spices, and the freshness of cilantro and the pickled carrots makes these sandwiches the perfect combination of flavours. 

I first had these over the new year and I just had to get the recipe. After that we have made these quite a few times and we still think they are one of the best foods ever. 

Banh mi
Pickled carrots: 

3 carrots
2 spring onions
1 dl rice vinegar
0.5 dl sugar
3 tbsp. hot chilli sauce


500 g ground beef
3 spring onions
2 red chilis
1 dl fresh basil 
1 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. potato or corn starch
2 tbsp. squid sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

Chopped fresh cilantro
2 baguettes

Grate the carrots coarsely and chop up the onions. Mix all the other ingredients and pour over the carrots. Let it stand in room temperature while you prepare the meatballs.

Finely chop the basil, chilis and onions for the meatballs. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients listed for the meatballs. Roll the meat mixture into small balls, about 2-3 cm in diameter. Fry them in a skillet and set aside to cool for a little while.

Drain the pickled carrots to get rid of the extra moisture that could make your sandwiches soggy. Half the baguettes and spread mayo over the halves. Add some carrots, meatballs, jalopenos and cilantro. Enjoy!

Baguettes (makes 2)

3.5 dl warm water
25 g fresh yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
7-8 dl gluten free flour mix (I used Sempers Grov mix, which is made with rice, corn and potato flour and starch)

Place all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix well with an electronic mixer. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about half an hour.

Divide the dough into two. Roll them to form two long baguettes onto a lined baking tray, with 8 cm in between the two. Let them rest and rise for another 30-40 min.

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Celcius. Pour a little bit of water into a cup and gently brush the tops of the baguettes before placing them into the oven. Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


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