Country Pâté Banh Mi

Silken tofu blended with lemongrass and lime juice is a terrific dairy-free stand-in for mayonnaise in this riff on the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Adam Erace sometimes makes the sandwich with local scrapple (a hash of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and shaped into a log or loaf). More Tasty Sandwiches

Country Pate Banh Mi.
Photo: © David Malosh
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 ounces silken tofu

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh lemongrass

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 long soft hero rolls, split

  • 1/2 pound country pâté, thinly sliced

  • 1 bunch cilantro (6 ounces), thick stems discarded

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 16 slices of pickled jalapeño


  1. In a mini food processor, combine the tofu, mustard, lemongrass, lime zest, lime juice and oil and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Spread the sauce on the cut sides of the rolls. Top with the pâté, cilantro, carrots and pickled jalapeños. Close the sandwiches, cut in half and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Refreshing sparkling wine: NV Dibon Cava Brut Reserve.

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