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Need a Low Carb option for your Bahn Mi Addiction? these keto Bahn mi meatballs served on Napa cabbage are a great alternative to the classic baguette.

If you want a satisfying meatball with fresh herbs, unique flavors and rich fatty deliciousness then this is the meatball for you. Bahn Mi is a traditional Vietnamese sandwich served on a light airy French baguette filled with a variety of different ingredients. Most have a type of meat like sliced pork, chicken or beef along with herbs such as mint, cilantro and basil stuffed into the baguette with veggies veggies like diakon, carrots, sliced jalapeño, cucumber and many others. Pate is often spread on the baguette and different Aiolis may be used to enhance the sandwich. There’s no right or wrong version and ingredients can be substituted to your taste.

To make this low carb version I’ve substituted Napa cabbage leaves for the baguette and decided to make a pork meatball as my protein of choice. I know that pate can be a little intimidating and if you’re not feeling adventurous just replace with additional ground pork. Pate comes in many varieties and can normally be found in the cheese and deli area of your higher end grocery stores. Look for a brand that has minimal carbs because some types will contain added sugars. I actually found a very mild pork/chicken pate that had an amazing creamy texture with a silky richness. Folding the pate into the meatball is a great way to introduce extra fat, flavor and fanciness all in one ingredient.

Just to take this dish up another notch we added some pickled diakon radish and carrots along with a spicy creamy sauce that really takes the meatballs to another level. The crunch of the pickled veggies and the creamy spice from the sauce are the perfect condiments to make this a complete meal.

Bahn Mi Meatballs W/ Napa Cabbage Lettuce Cups

Course Condiment, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine asian, Vietnamese
Keyword bahn, cups, lettuce, Meatballs, mi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 365kcal
Author Culinary Lion

Ingredients

Pickled Diakon & Carrot

Super Secret Sambal Sauce

Instructions

  • Chop and mince mint, cilantro, scallions, ginger and garlic. Add to mixing bowl
  • Add coconut aminos, fish sauce,ketchup, asian zing, Sambal and Dijon. Whisk to combine.
  • Add in pate, ground pork and pork sausage. Combine all ingredients by hand or using paddle with a stand mixer until you have mixture is fully combined. Don’t over mix into a paste.
  • Ball up into about 16 meatballs and place on a sheet pan. Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes until meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Pickled Diakon & Carrot

  • Julienne carrots and diakon and place in a bowl, toss with remaining ingredients and store in the fridge.

Super Secret Sambal Sauce

  • Mix ingredients until combined.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2020IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Nutrition Facts
Bahn Mi Meatballs W/ Napa Cabbage Lettuce Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 680mg30%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2020IU40%
Vitamin C 7.5mg9%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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