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Over the summer Brad and I have fallen in love with Vietnamese dishes, specifically Bahn Mi. Banh Mi is a sandwich on french baguet consisting of meat, mayo spread, pickled vegetables, cucumber, and jalapenos. There is something amazingly satisfying about the fresh ingredients mixed with spicy jalapenos that we can’t get enough of. Matter of fact it’s become a staple in our summer date night routine thanks to it being an easy to-go recipe.
Summer date nights for us involve packing a picnic and heading out to our local outdoor theater when the sun starts to go down. We’re really lucky that Houston has so much available free art to experience. Plus there is something ultra romantic about a summer night, watching theater with a delicious meal and glass of wine. Which hauling a picnic basket around means you want a meal in it that is easy to carry and enjoy but still elegant for a date. I think my Garlic Steak Banh Mi recipe fits that mold perfectly and just like the easy to carry Banh Mi, I like to reach for Mark West Pinot Noir for our wine. Especially since they now make it in pre-filled single-serve glasses. The wine just clicks easily together to make a slim and convenient to-go recyclable package that locks in flavor and freshness. It’s really made enjoying wine out at date night much easier and delicious.
This recipe is great because it’s easy but packed with flavor. Brad is a big steak guy, so I love using marinated flank steak for it. My marinade consists of lots of garlic, soy sauce, ginger, pepper and lime juice. Marinated for 2-24 hours and cooked on a grill pan over high heat until medium, so around 7-9 minutes. It’s the perfect addition to a classic Banh Mi sandwich but also has a flare to it that makes it wonderful for a summer date night.
After that, it’s just about stacking your sandwich! I pile ours high with pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, fresh jalapenos, radishes, onion, and then smothered in spicy chili mayo. A typical Banh Mi is served on a french baguette but because I load ours up for a date night dinner I like to get a slightly thicker Italian bread. I roll up our Banh Mi sandwiches in kitchen paper and throw them into our picnic basket.
- 1.5 pounds Flank Steak
- 2 French or Italian Bread
- 1 cup Soy Sauce
- 4 Garlic Cloves chopped
- 2 Limes divided
- 4 Radishes chopped
- 1/2 cup Cucumber chopped
- 1/2 cup Picked Carrots
- 1/2 White Onion chopped
- 2 Jalapenos sliced
- 1/2 cup Cilantro
- 1 tablespoon Ground Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Ground Ginger
- 2 tablespoons Spicy Mayo (to taste)
Taking 1.5lbs of flank steak in a resealable bag add in soy sauce, juice of one lime, ground pepper, and ground ginger. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours. The longer the better the flavor will be.
Once marinaded pull the flank steak out of the refrigerator and remove from bag. Pat dry with a paper towel. Add a grill pan over high heat to the stove. Let the grill pan get extremely hot (use a vent there will be smoke). Once hot add on your flank steak and let cook for 3-4 minutes without touching it. Flip and let cook for another 3-4 minute until medium rare to medium. Once cooked let stand on a board for 10 minutes. Slice in thin slices and add to your Banh Mi.
Slice your bread in half and toast in the oven for 6 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool before assembling.
Start with spreading chili mayo down each slice of the bread. Then working in layers on one slice of bread add you steak, radishes, onion, pickled carrots, cucumber, jalapenos, and cilantro. Top with other slice of bread to form sandwich. When ready to eat serve with a fresh sliced lime to squeeze down the sandwich for added flavor.
I like Pinot Noir to pair for this meal, because it’s spicy and meaty. Which you need a good red for. Mark West is totally devoted to making exceptional Pinot Noir. It’s a Burgundian-styled California Pinot Noir, which means it’s well balanced & pairs perfectly with hearty foods like the Banh Mi. I love the robust flavor it gives when eating it alongside this spicy sandwich. Plus you can’t have summer date night without cheers-ing with some wine!
I can’t get enough of the bright colors and delicious flavor of these Garlic Steak Banh Mi. It makes for a simple recipe but elegant all at the same time. I love getting to enjoy picnic date night out with Bradley and I’ll be sad when they are over, come winter. What is your favorite summer date night activity? Let me know down below!
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