Banh Mi Brunch Recipe

Bahn Mi Recipe

Break out of your eggs benedict brunch rut with this Riesling-friendly, duck-sausage take on the Bahn Mifrom Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller, owners of The Fatted Calf in San Francisco and authors of In the Charcuterie.

  • For the duck sausage:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless duck meat, ground
  • 10 ounces pork back fat, ground
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 8 6-inch lemongrass stalks to use as skewers
  • For the spicy mayo:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha
  • To assemble the sandwich:
  • 1 French baguette, halved and cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 2 carrots, grated

Combine the duck ingredients (minus the skewers) in a large bowl and mix by hand for 2 minutes. Divide into 8 equal portions and form patties around the lemongrass stalk skewers. Cook on a medium-hot grill for 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and take out the skewers.  Stir together the mayo and Sriracha and spread it on the bottom of each baguette. Add the duck. Pile on a heavy pinch of grated carrots, then add the cilantro, sliced jalapeños and mint leaves, to taste. Place the top baguette slice over it all and plate. Serves 8.

Published on December 8, 2015
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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