Red Curry Sloppy Banh Mi Sandwiches

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Ingredients (12)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • About 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup each carrots, English cucumber, and jicama, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 French rolls, sub buns, or 1 baguette, cut into 4 equal pieces, split, and lightly toasted

Summary

In what might be the ultimate combo, the American Sloppy Joe and the Vietnamese banh mi are blended to result in this show-stopper of a sandwich. Not all curry pastes are created equal, so adjust the amount to your spice preference. If you still want it hotter, feel free to add a squirt of hot sauce or some sliced jalapeños.

Instructions

  1. 1Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring, until shallot begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in red curry paste and cook, stirring, 45 seconds. Add beef and salt, breaking beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2Add coconut milk and sugar, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until most of liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 2 teaspoons of lime juice.
  3. 3Fill toasted buns with beef, dividing evenly. Toss carrots, cucumbers, jicama sticks, and cilantro with remaining 1 tablespoon each oil and lime juice and a pinch of salt. Top sandwiches with vegetables.
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