Art and Appetizers

This past weekend I made the pilgrimage to Alfred, NY to make appetizers for Marta’s BFA Thesis Show. Appetizers weren’t the only reason I went of course; I wanted to see her show and her school and her house and her friends and the local antique stores and all that too. Her show was wonderful, and the appetizers that Mom and I created were pretty darn good too. Making them was a family affair- Grandma and Grandpa set up shop with us in Marta’s kitchen and we all carefully piled together platter after platter of these little sandwiches.

Inspired by Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, we layered small slices of french bread with a coat of San-J brand Thai peanut sauce, topped by some slices of homemade pickled daikon radish and carrot (follow this recipe and use sliced instead of grated veggies), topped with a pile of fresh herbs, weighted down with a small slice of cooked chicken breast or a bit of prosciutto, and finally garnished with some grated ginger from The Ginger People.

You could mix up the ingredients to suit your fancy, but this basic flavor combination makes for very happy munching. Our six carefully assembled platters full of these little sandwiches disappeared within the first hour of Marta’s opening.