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Posted By olga On February 2, 2011 @ 9:04 am In Meat & Stews | 20 Comments
Adapted from Michael Bao Huynh, via Martha Stewart 
I played around with this recipe a bit before finding my perfect combination. My first version didn’t have as much of a kick as I like (or remember having at Baoguette), so I added a couple of bird’s eye chilis to the mix and that did the trick. If you prefer your food to be on the milder side, skip the chilis and just follow the recipe accordingly. Also, I recommend not slicing the baguette all the way horizontally. Because your filling is fairly drippy, it will make for easier (and less messy!) eating to slice the baguette just enough for it to fold out (butterfly style), but still attached. Lastly, if Thai basil isn’t readily available to you (they’re sold in Asian grocery stores) just go for plain regular basil – it’s not a complete match, but it’ll be pretty close! And while this isn’t exactly traditional Super Bowl food, why not? I bet you your guests will love a twist on the traditional Sloppy Joes while they’re watching the game – and it’ll be a great accompaniment to beer.
1/4 cup safflower oil
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped shallot
2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
1/4 cup Thai red-curry paste
1-2 Thai chilis (optional)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups ketchup
2 tablespoons fish sauce
20 Thai basil leaves (or regular basil leaves, if Thai ones aren’t readily available)
2 teaspoons light-brown sugar
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
8 (8-inch) lengths of baguette, halved horizontally, but don’t cut all the way through (make sure the halves are still attached so that your drippy filling doesn’t fall out altogether)
2 cups julienned green mango (I used a regular mango because there are no green mangos in my area)
Additional thinly sliced jalapenos, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add beef, shallot, lemongrass, red-curry paste, chilis, if using, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
Stir in ketchup, fish sauce, 10 basil leaves, brown sugar, and mustard. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Place baguettes in oven and cook until toasted, about 2 minutes. Fill each baguette with about 1 cup beef mixture, and top with remaining 10 basil leaves, mango, and jalapenos. Serve immediately.
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