All the flavors you love on a banh mi sandwich, but in pizza form.
There's a food truck near where I live that serves really great banh mi sandwiches, and it is hard for me to walk by it without grabbing one. They're pretty cheap and not that filling, so unless I am really full or have a big dinner coming up in less than two hours, I can’t help myself!
I was craving the flavors of that sandwich the other night, and I had all the ingredients around, but instead of serving it on the classic French bread, I made a pizza crust from French bread dough to put all the ingredients on.
The pizzas came out great. I made a simple sauce from sriracha and rice vinegar. I made one vegetarian with tofu, and the other with the more traditional head cheese. I strongly suggest trying out head cheese if you make this recipe. I know it makes people squeamish, but it added a lot of great flavor to the pizza, and tastes just like really good cold cuts.
First I grated some carrot and daikon to pickle them.
After the carrot sat in the vinegar for a bit, I started on the tofu. Just cut it up and pat it dry.
Then a quick shallow fry to brown on both sides.
Meanwhile, get the rest of your ingredients ready. I like to cut the cucumber in this decorative way.
The pickles are ready.
Take your French bread dough and cut it in half, then stretch and roll it into a long rectangle pizza.
The sauce is sriracha, soy, and rice vinegar.
The tofu looks like mozzarella slices on a margherita pizza.
Don't freak out, it’s just head cheese!
Add the pickled veggies and toss it into the oven.
Browned up and delicious. Cut them up and serve!
I love the cold and hot, creamy and crunchy, interplay on this pizza. The flavors are bright yet warming, and like nothing you've had on a pizza before!
Dan Whalen may have eaten both pizzas himself. He has been blogging for over 6 years at The Food in My Beard. Check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!