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Serious Eats' Bacon Banh Mi

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It's no secret that we love our sandwiches around here; we eat 'em for you on a daily basis. Honestly we probably could have devoted the entire Serious Eats book to them. Well, the book does have some serious sandwich coverage including some incredible sandwich recipes courtesy of Kenji.

Our recipe for Bacon Banh Mi brings our favorite Vietnamese sandwich home, swapping out the usual array of cold cuts and charcuterie for bacon but staying true to the other elements that make this sandwich so balanced and irresistible.

If you can, start out with a Vietnamese rice flour baguette; it's got the ideal crumb, chew and crunch to really make or break this sandwich. After that it's time to quick-pickle carrots and daikon, slice up cucumbers and jalapeño, and stir up an umami-rich drizzle of soy, Maggi, and fish sauce. And then fry up some bacon, slather on the mayo, and assemble. It's a truly remarkable sandwich, and there's something even more remarkable about being able to replicate it at home.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Serious Eats to give away this week.

Adapted from Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are by Ed Levine and The Serious Eats Team. Copyright © 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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