Okay, I know, I promised pictures, but I'm still writing this from work. In fact, I just hit "publish" on my last post, and decided to put this down into writing before I forgot.
My brother's banh mi recipe was a huge hit. Banh mi ... but it got me thinking about entertaining. These little meatballs would surely be a hit at a party, but since they're not in any kind of sauce, serving them from a crock pot wouldn't work, and who wants to pick up a whole huge hoagie at a party? Okay, maybe lots of people, but I don't want to make a ton of hoagies for a party, so I decided to just break it down.
Where I live, we are fortunate enough to have an amazing little bread shop, Bakers on Broad. I got the baguettes for last week's banh mi (in sandwich form) there (15 minutes before closing! I bought their last 2 because, well, they know how to make bread!). Deconstructed, the banh mi could easily make a bruschetta-type appetizer... instead of using the bread to hold a sandwich, what if I would slice it into rounds, top with a little bit of the hot mayo, then a meatball (perhaps slightly flattened, to make biting into it easier), and then topped off with the carrot/daikon pickle?? (If I didn't before, I should mention that I used the cilantro directly in the sriracha mayo).
Sounds good enough to me... consider them on the menu for the next time we have company! Well, expected company, that is. I don't think I'm whipping these up out of the blue should anyone just decide to stop by :)