Hoisin Meatloaf Banh Mi
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Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf Banh Mi with Vietnamese Spiced Pate

A riff on a classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, made with hoisin-glazed meatloaf and homemade Vietnamese-spiced chicken and pork pate.
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Author: Malcolm Bedell

Ingredients

For the Pate:

  • 1 pound chicken livers
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 eggs soft boiled
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1/8 tsp black cardamom seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Pickled Vegetables:

  • 1 cup daikon or regular radish shredded
  • 1 cup carrot shredded
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the Sandwiches:

  • 2 baguettes or similar
  • 4 mayonnaise
  • 4 thin slices prepared meatloaf
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 18 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh jalapeƱo thinly sliced

Instructions

For the Pate:

  • In a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind together cardamom, star anise, fennel, and cinnamon.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, combine butter, garlic, and onions. Cook until onions become translucent. Add ground spices and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn the spices.
  • Add chicken livers, pork, and salt (to taste), and cook, stirring often, until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer meat mixture to the bowl of a food processor, add soft boiled eggs, and brandy, and pulse to combine until smooth. Refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

For the Pickled Vegetables:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, tossing well to combine and coat. Set aside to quick-pickle for at least 30 minutes.

For the Sandwiches:

  • In a small skillet over high heat, warm meatloaf until cooked through and browned, brushing with hoisin until completely glazed. To assemble the sandwiches, spread each cut side of the bread with mayonnaise. Spread the bottom half with pate, followed by sliced meatloaf. Top with pickled vegetables, cucumber, jalapeƱos, and cilantro, and serve warm.

Notes

We didn't include a recipe for meatloaf, because we don't want you to worry about it too much. Any leftovers are fine, or a basic soup-mix meatloaf preparation works beautifully.