"Banh Mi" Pork Meatball Sub

with sweet potato rounds

$9.95 per serving

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Medium

Contains: Eggs, Wheat, Soy

A note about serious food allergies

“Fusion cuisine” is a term used rather liberally (kimchi tacos, anyone?), but the banh mi may stand as the Platonic ideal of fusion. The story begins with the arrival of French colonists to Vietnam in the 18th century. No doubt craving a taste of home, the banh mi was born: a sandwich that begins with French ingredients like crusty baguette, mayo, and pork, then takes an Asian turn with pickled vegetables, piquant chiles, and cilantro. Our pork meatball version embodies the tradition of making a banh mi your own while capturing the essence of Vietnam.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    1 Tbsp. Asian Ginger, Garlic, and Chile Seasoning Blend
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 8 oz. Carrot
  • 1 fl. oz. Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ oz. Cilantro
  • 14 oz. Sweet Potato
  • Info
    1 oz. Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. Chopped Ginger
  • 12 oz. Ground Pork
  • Info
    2 French Rolls
  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 3 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Medium Oven-Safe Pan

Before You Cook

  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Using a peeler, shave cucumbers into long ribbons, stopping when you reach seeds. Discard end. Having trouble making ribbons? Feel free to instead cut cucumbers into ¼" rounds. Peel carrot, and using peeler, shave into long ribbons. Discard top. Combine seasoned rice vinegar and vegetable ribbons in a mixing bowl. Set aside. Stem cilantro. Cut sweet potato into ¼" rounds.

  • Step 2 - Roast The Sweet Potato Rounds

    Roast The Sweet Potato Rounds

    Place sweet potato rounds on prepared baking sheet and season with 2 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Massage oil into rounds, then spread into a single layer. Roast 15 minutes, then flip potatoes. Roast until tender and browned, 10 minutes. While potatoes roast, combine mayonnaise and half the seasoning blend (reserve remaining for meatballs) in another mixing bowl.

  • Step 3 - Make the Meatballs

    Make the Meatballs

    Combine ginger, ground pork, and remaining seasoning blend in another mixing bowl. Form six golf ball-sized meatballs.

  • Step 4 - Cook the Meatballs

    Cook the Meatballs

    Place a medium oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and meatballs to hot pan and cook until browned on all sides, 4-6 minutes. Place pan in oven and roast, turning meatballs once halfway through, until they reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 5-7 minutes. While meatballs roast, toast rolls.

  • Step 5 - Toast Rolls and Finish Dish

    Toast Rolls and Finish Dish

    Slice French rolls if necessary, leaving bread attached at hinge. Place directly on oven rack to toast, 2-4 minutes. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing sub with seasoned mayonnaise, vegetable ribbons, and cilantro. Bon appétit!