Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast

Shrimp Toast 1

Crunchy goodness!  That’s how to describe this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe.  Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast is traditionally a side dish, often accompanying noodle dishes.  It also works great as an appetizer for parties.  Trust me when I say that you should make extra Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast.  These things disappear very quickly!

Traditionally, Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast is deep fried, but this recipe cuts out a lot of the fat by cooking the meat first before baking the toast.  The result is a crunchy delight you won’t feel so guilty about devouring.

Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast

INGREDIENTS – makes 12 toasts:

  • 1/4 lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/4 lb. ground pork
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 dashes of pepper
  • 2 dashes of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 2/3 Tbsp. nuoc mam (fish sauce)
  • 1 tsp. + 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 (12″) loaf of french bread
  • 1 egg white

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STEP 1:  MAKE THE MEAT TOPPING

  1. Using a food processor or the flat end of a large knife, smash the shrimp.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the smashed shrimp, ground pork, green onion, shallot, pepper, garlic powder, sugar, and nuoc mam (fish sauce).  Mix well to combine and make a meat paste.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tsp. EVOO on medium to high heat.  Add the meat paste and fry,  flipping once and separating the meat into flat patties about 2″-3″ in diameter while frying.  It is easier to let the meat cook a bit before breaking it into patty pieces.  Fry until the meat is cooked through, roughly 5 minutes or less.

    Fry the meat for Banh Mi Tom - Shrimp Toast before baking, to ensure it is cooked through.
    Fry the meat for Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast before baking, to ensure it is cooked through.

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STEP 2:  ASSEMBLE & BAKE BANH MI TOM – SHRIMP TOAST

  1. Preheat the oven to 370 degrees.
  2. Using a serrated bread knife, slice the french bread into 1″ thick pieces, yielding 12 slices.
  3. Brush each bread slice with EVOO on one side.
  4. Top each bread slice, on the side with the EVOO, with the cooked meat from Step 1.
  5. Brush each piece with egg white so the meat will stick to the toast when it bakes.  Place the slices onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crunchy.  Enjoy!

    Banh Mi Tom - Shrimp Toast is baked, yielding a healthier alternative than via frying.
    Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast is baked, yielding a healthier alternative than via frying.

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