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Pork Banh Mi Inspired Sliders

8 Nov

One of the things I love most about living in Chicago is the food. Always a new restaurant to try, creative food concepts and lots of diversity. Strangely enough, I never had a banh mi sandwich until this weekend… in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

My husband and I were out running errands on Saturday afternoon. I saw a wine tasting going on in a parking lot. My husband noticed a food truck. We both went to our areas of interest. I finished my wine by the time he had a duck banh mi sandwich.

At first, I wasn’t interested in his little sandwich…but I watched him take a couple bites and he looked so darn happy. He noticed I was staring at meal and offered me a couple bites. I wasted no time and went in for a huuuge bite. I could hardly believe how delicious this sandwich tasted and I was floored it came from Fort Wayne!

So in the spirit of my “inspiring others to stop ordering carry out” blog, I decided to recreate this sandwich at home. I can’t say this is completely traditional but it was very good! I did a quick pickling of veggies and made a spicy BBQ sauce. The pork patties are a mixture of ground pork and pork sausage. I made sliders, but I can totally see myself having this as a big ol’ burger.

I’m happy I tried something new and even more thrilled I re-created the sandwich at home. Whats your favorite restaurant inspired food you like to make at home? If you’re a blogger and you’ve got a recipe posted on your site, share it in the comments. I’d love to see it!

Pork Banh Mi Inspired Sliders, makes 10 patties

  • 4 medium carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1  cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 4-5 large radishes, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 scant teaspoon sea salt
  • A handful of cilantro
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 8 oz pork sausage
  • 1/2 red onion, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger root, grated
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1-2 long french bread baguettes, split


  1. Combine the carrots, cucumber, onion and radishes in a shallow dish. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup water, sugar, vinegar and salt until dissolved. Pour the hot dressing over the vegetables, then let cool until ready to serve. Combine with the cilantro.
  2. Make the pork patties – Combine the ground pork and sausage in a large bowl. Grate onion and ginger over the bowl. Add garlic cloves and Salt & Pepper. Mix with your hand and create 2 oz patties. (about 1/4 cup size) At medium heat, warm up skillet with vegetable oil. Cook patties 5 minutes per side.
  3. While patties are cooking, make the spicy BBQ sauce. In a saucepan, combine honey, soy sauce and sriracha. Once it reaches a boil. Turn off the heat.
  4. When the patties are almost done cooking, drizzle bbq sauce over each patty.
  5. To make sliders, slice bread according to the size of the pork patties. Put BBQ sauce on both pieces of bread. Place veggies mixture on one side of the bread,top with pork patty add the top piece of bread. Enjoy!


New Recipe: Shrimp Burgers with Chipotle Mango BBQ Sauce

8 Aug

I’m not sure why, but every time shrimp is involved in a meal, I think “OOOh, classy.” Shrimp Scampi. Shrimp Cocktail. Shrimp Fajitas… all things shrimp seem to “dress up” a meal.

I could have made a burger for dinner, which would have been great. However, to make a burger blog posting, it’s really gotta be unique and rock your socks off.

Then I had my “Ah-ha” moment and thought Shrimp Burgers would be a great variation to your everyday burger recipe. Since it was Monday, I didn’t want to spend all night in my kitchen making dinner. If you have a good blender or food processor, this meal will come together very easily.

The second best thing about a burger are the toppings. I didn’t want to go over board since I was using shrimp as my burger….but i didn’t want to go the easy route and top it with just mayo. I thought a citrus and spicy BBQ sauce would be a great thing to try out with this recipe…and of course, top it all off with some avocado. I really think avocado is the new bacon. It makes everything better.

The shrimp patties have a shrimp cake texture. If you’re looking for an alternative appetizer to a crab cake, this recipe would definitely work.

If you make the Chipotle Mango BBQ Sauce, you’ll have a lot of sauce left over. It’s awesome, so you’ll want to use it again. It would be great to put on some chicken or pork… or you could add some greek yogurt to it and it could be used as a salad dressing. Trying using it as a sauce for a pizza or spice up a taco. It’s pretty versatile and just different enough to make people ask, “whats in this sauce??!!!”

So go ahead and “class up” your everyday burger…. I promise you’ll love it!

Shrimp Burgers & Chipotle BBQ Sauce, makes 4-6 burgers

  • 1 lb uncooked, deveined shrimp (remove tails)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • Handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne red pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Burger Buns
  • Chipotle Mango BBQ Sauce (recipe to follow)
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. In a food processor or strong blender, add 1/2 of the shrimp. Blend until the consistency is like a paste. Transfer shrimp to a bowl using a rubber spatula. Add the rest of the shrimp to the bowl.
  2. Add all of the veggies, garlic and parsley to the blender/food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes to a fine chop. Add it to the shrimp bowl.
  3. Add cayenne pepper and zest to the shrimp bowl. Give it a good stir. Season with salt & pepper. Add in the panko crumbs. Panko will help the burger mixture to firm up.
  4. Make 6 burger patties and add olive oil to a warm skillet. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Toast your burger buns and top with Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Add burgers and avocado.

Chipotle Mango BBQ Sauce, makes 2 cups

  • 2 mangos, chopped
  • 2  chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


1. Put all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add sauce to a sauce pan and cook for 10 minutes.

Prime Rib Burgers

11 Mar

I drove to Milwaukee this week for work. When you make the drive from Chicago to Milwaukee, besides passing outlet malls and firework shops, you will see a magical place. It’s a castle filled with cheese. I’m serious.

It’s impossible for me not to go into Mar’s Cheese Castle when I drive by. On this visit, I picked up a spreadable horseradish cheddar cheese. It’s very rich and has a kick. So of course, I wanted to explore other options to eat this cheese besides on your everyday Ritz.

Prime rib & horseradish is like peanut butter & jelly. Both go hand in hand. It’s been so beautiful in Chicago and I’ll jump on an opportunity to use my grill. Instead of your everyday prime rib, I asked the butcher to grind it so I could make it into burgers. A little pricy but everyone deserves a burger treat.

I like to add lots of flavor to my burgers… so in goes garlic, worcestershire, dijon mustard, crispy fried onion strings, salt & pepper with the ground prime rib.

Form your patties & fire up the grill. Let them cook 5 per side. This was the longest 10 minutes of my life.

Do you like toppings for your burger?? I do. So I caramelized some onions & mushrooms. Ooo-la-la.

Now it’s time for the assembly. This is my 2nd favorite part. Spread the horseradish cheddar over a toasted bun. Yes, I put cheese on both inner portions of the bun. Get your perfectly grilled patty on top of the bun. Top with caramelized onion & mushroom delicious-ness.

Get that top bun on and give it a longing look.

Ahhh, perfection!

Ok, stop staring and bite in!

My favorite part is the flavor punch this burger has. It’s AMAZING! If you love horseradish, meat and onions – this is your meal… and you’ll stop thinking I’m crazy because I asked the butcher to grind prime rib.

Don’t judge me until you try it 🙂

Prime Rib Burgers – recipe will make 6 burgers

  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground prime rib
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup crispy fried onions
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 package of pre-sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbs parsley, minced
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Spreadable Horseradish Cheddar Cheese


  1. In a bowl, mix prime rib with the next 4 ingredients. Season with salt & pepper. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Pour olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Set at a low heat, add onions & mushrooms. Cook low & slow for 20 minutes. They should be nicely browned, not burnt.
  3. Fire up the grill and cook burgers 5 minutes per side. Take off the grill and let them rest of 5 minutes.
  4. Spread horseradish cheddar cheese over toasted buns. Add burger and top with caramelized onions & mushrooms.