Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vietnamese Shrimp Sandwiches

On the fourth, we were stuck trying to figure out what to have for dinner, so we did what we do best: I pick something out in a cookbook and then Chris cooks it.  I never intend for Chris to do all the work, but I'd say this is what happens more often than not.  Eh, neither one of us seem to mind and it always turns out delicious, so we'll just stick with that plan.

Anyway, I was in the mood for something kinda spicy, something healthy, and something interesting.  I turned to the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook (which I'm turning out to LOVE), and there was a recipe for Vietnamese Prawn Sandwiches.  We had frozen shrimp and scallops, so we chose that instead of prawns and that seemed to work out just fine.

Chris made bread from scratch, but a few baguettes would be perfect too if you don't have a husband to make you lovely bread.  Then he marinaded the shrimp and scallops in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha and sesame oil.  He threw those on the grill until they were cooked, then we served them up on the bread with shaved carrots, canned bean sprouts, cilantro, and spicy mayo (a mix of mayo, sambal, and lemon juice--sambal is chilli pepper paste easily found in the asian section of a grocery store).

Super easy, and super delicious.  It doesn't follow Gwyneth's recipe to a T, but close enough.

Neither of these are the best food photos, but that's what you get when the only thing between me and a delicious meal is taking photos.  Oh well!

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