My fingers are crossed that you’ll dive into this “sandwich project.” It’s a messy, salad-y, flavor-packed delight, loaded with fresh ingredients both spicy and cooling that play off of each other in a delicious way. If you make the pickles in advance, you’re more than halfway there. Mortadella—an underrated, pistachio-studded Italian cold cut—is my meat of choice here, but any deli ham will work. I often make a double batch of the mayo to serve on the side (I’m a mayo fanatic); any leftover makes a delicious sauce for poached shrimp and other seafood.
For the ginger mayo:
⅔ cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the sandwiches and slaw:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 large eggs
4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 baguettes, cut into 8-inch lengths, split lengthwise but leaving each half hinged
Make the mayo: In a bowl, whisk together all 5 ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the sandwiches: In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the butter has melted and the foam subsides, crack 3 to 4 eggs into the skillet (as many as the pan can accommodate without crowding). Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 1 minute, then tilt the pan enough so that the butter and oil pool on one side. Using a spoon, baste the whites of the eggs with the butter mixture until the whites are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Season lightly with salt, then transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining butter, olive oil and eggs.
In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, sesame oil, ginger and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
Pull out and discard enough bread from the interior of each bread half to leave a ¼- to ½-inch-thick shell. Spread some mayo on each bread shell. Arrange half of the cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro and mint over the bottom halves, then divide the mortadella, eggs, slaw and pickles among the sandwiches. Top with the remaining cucumber, jalapeño, herbs and a generous squiggle of Sriracha. Serve the sandwiches with any remaining slaw on the side.
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