Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Banh Mi Pizza

Home Newsroom Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Banh Mi Pizza

When writing my Heinen’s “4PM Panic” posts, I try to bring you recipes that can be put together easily. Sometimes the panic is not caused by lack of time or effort, but by lack of fresh ideas. How many times have you walked through the store thinking WHAT can I make for dinner tonight? Somebody PLEEEEEASE tell me what to make. Here you go… Make this. This week’s recipe for Banh Mi Pizza has a few more ingredients and a takes a bit of prep work, but it’s well worth it.


The colors in Heinen’s produce aisle are vibrant and bright. We’ve escaped winter and this recipe incorporates all the beautiful colors of spring. Everybody loves pizza, I think, right?? Here you can enjoy pizza and get your veggies too.


Have you ever had a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich? If you haven’t, then you have one more thing to add to your bucket list. I had mine for the first time this year on a business trip. It was recommended by one of my colleagues. She was getting it and I wanted to be an adventurous team player so I went for it. Unbelievable!

Banh Mi is loosely translated as bread or baguette. Typical Banh Mi sandwiches are usually compiled of pork belly or cold cuts, pickled veggies, spicy sauce and sometimes the richness of a fried egg. Why would you ever refuse a fried egg?? You know where I stand on this! The restaurant where I first tried this delicious sandwich served theirs with grilled shrimp and paté, adding a whole new level to the richness factor. The main common theme is great bread and pickled veggies with a little spice.

One of our favorite dinners to make together is pizza so this time we decided to recreate the flavors of the traditional Bahn Mi onto our pizza. For my friends who need five ingredients or less, sorry this is a bit lengthy and involved. I promise you’ll be happy you took the time.


Banh Mi Pizza

I did some research to see if anyone else has ever had this same craving. I’m not alone. This recipe is adapted from one I found at Half Baked Harvest.

  • home made pizza dough or store-bought pizza dough OR use Naan
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground pork or chicken
  • 1/3 cup each – fresh basil and cilantro, chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 3-4 eggs (optional)

note: If you’re feeling adventurous try adding a few grilled shrimp and a few ounces of duck liver paté to one of your pizzas instead of the meatballs.

Veggie Toppings

  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 red fresno chile or jalapeno, seeded+ sliced
  • 1/3 cup (total for both together) fresh basil + cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons peanut or sesame oil toasted sesame seeds, for topping

Sriracha “Mayo”

  • 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha juice of half a lime
  • water, to thin the sauce


  • Prepare your dough or naan and make sure it is warm or at room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, fish sauce, sriracha, lime juice and lemongrass.
  • Season the pork with salt and pepper and then roll into 10-15 meatballs, place each meatball on a tray as you work.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the meatballs until cooked through, about 5 minutes, turning them 2-3 times throughout cooking.
  • During the last minute or so of cooking, add about 1/4 cup of soy sauce mixture and give the meatballs a good toss through the sauce. Cook another minute longer until the sauce glazes the meatballs. Remove from the heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Once the pizza dough is ready, lightly flour a counter. Divide the dough into 2 balls (or make one large sheet pizza).
  • Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll the dough out until you have a flattened disk.
  • Place the pizzas on a greased baking sheet and then use your hands to gently tug, pull and push the pizza dough into your desired shape.
  • If needed, trim the parchment paper down so just about an inch overhangs from the sides.
  • Brush the soy sauce mixture over the dough, leaving any leftovers for serving.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese and cooked meatballs.
  • Now crack the eggs over the cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper…and maybe a little more cheese (you know I would!).
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the egg has cooked to your liking.
  • Meanwhile, combine the carrots, cucumber, radishes, green onions, chile pepper, cilantro and basil in a bowl.
  • Toss with sesame or peanut oil and the juice of half a lime. Set aside until the pizza is ready.
  • Once the pizza has cooked, remove from the oven and top with the fresh veggies. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with the sriracha “mayo” (recipe below).
  • Slice and Enjoy!

Sriracha “Mayo”

  • In a bowl, whisk together the tahini, sriracha and lime juce.
  • Add water until the sauce is runny enough to drizzle over the pizza.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Sauce will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.

Don’t for get to check back to let us know how your Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe turned out.

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at TableAndDish.com.

Have you heard about Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ program?  Sign up for free to receive exclusive weekly specials via email and earn Heinen’s rewards.  As a Tasteful Rewards™ membership benefit, Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your qualified purchases made between September and April to a local school of your choice through their Teaming Up for Education Program. CLICK HERE to sign up for Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ and, trust me, this is one email that will always please your palate!

Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Barrington Today

365Barrington Partners

From the Community

Not even a blizzard can stop us from Smoking your BBQ!!! 🔥❄️( And warm up w a quart of our Avgolemno Soup too!)

#foodbeast #fabfoodchicago #bbqporn #eatingfortheinsta #chicagofood #foodpic #thedailybite #chicagoeats #chicagocraves #chicagofoodauthority #chicityfoodie #chicagofoodbloggers #thelatestindulge #phaat #foodporn #brunch #goodeating #bbqsmoker #dinersdriveinsanddives #chicagofoodcoop #chicagoland #chicagobbq #chicagofoodgoals #thrillist #phoneeatsfirst #dishroulette #eeeeeats #infatuationchi #365barrington #barrington

23 0

We only want the best of the best for our customers. Look at the detail in this walk-in tub. Walk-In Tubs are an great addition or replacement to a standard tub. They allow safety, independence, and provide a functional feature to your bathroom. ⁠

To learn more about walk-in tubs, visit the link in our bio to schedule your FREE in home consultation with our bath professionals. ⁠
#walkintubs #seniorsafey #safetyfirst #bath #bathsafer #seniorsafety #bathroomideas #bathroomideas #chicagoseniors #agesafer #homereno #barrington #barrington365 #barringtonil #lakebarrington #southbarrington #northbarrington #portbarrington #barringtonbusiness #barringtonhills #americanproducts #madeintheusa #culturedstone #onedaybath #bathroominsp0

2 0

Well, it’s official! We just got the call from Dr. Brian Harris at the @Barrington_220 school District that it’s our first “Snow Day” since “E-Leaning” became a thing we know so well. BUT it’s actually a “Distance Learning Day” so our students still have to report to school, from home. God bless you, teachers!
So it goes that the “Snow Days” we once knew where snow actually cancelled school for the day are now a thing of the past. At least there will be some good sledding & snow man building today! Please share & tag #365Barrington or email Liz@365Barrington.com if you capture any fun snow pics.
Got something big you want to do this year? Might as well Jump! No better day to begin than today but, if it involves being outside, don’t forget your snow boots. And your snow pants. And your Bernie mittens. This January 26th is going to be a snowy one in Barrington!
If today is your birthday, you have something in common with Eddie Van Halen. He was born on this day in 1957. Van Halen’s song, Jump was released in December, 1983, back when big hair was all the rage and I was 10 years old.
We’re sharing Jump and Van Halen’s classic music video as our song of the day. Take a look plus find our stories from this day in #BarringtonHistory TODAY at BarringtonDaily.com #LinkInBio or right here: https://wp.me/p1NGbX-1eGz  
Have a great day & stay safe on the roads! - Liz #365Barrington #ThisDayInBarringtonHistory

6 0

Luby Group Listings

113 S Cook Street Barrington, IL 60010
Commercial For Sale
- Active

Retail storefront in prime pedestrian location in downtown Barrington surrounded by Village shopping, restaurants, and steps to the Metra train station. Great opportunity to own a high visibility space, currently vacant, ready for you to move in and

New Listing - 7 days online
677 Bent Ridge Lane Barrington, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active Under Contract

The instant you walk thru the front door of this 3,778 sf colonial style home, you feel the warmth of it's modern updates! The foyer is welcoming with fresh paint, white trim, wainscoting that surrounds you and cascades up the staircase with a beauti

New Listing - 2 weeks online
109 Hillshire Drive Barrington, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

NOW A BRAND NEW HOUSE! ALMOST NOTHING UNTOUCHED! FRESHLY PAINTED THROUGHOUT, AND NOW WITH BEAUTIFUL WHITE TRIM! And that's not all....New carpet, newly refinished hardwood floors, brand new appliances, and freshly painted beautiful white kitchen cabi

New Listing - 2 weeks online
250 Florence Avenue Inverness, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Pending

Welcome to 250 Florence Avenue in beautiful Inverness. Situated on approximately 3/4-acre corner lot, this lovingly maintained home is a sprawling 4-bedroom, 2.1 bathroom with an attached 4 car garage, and an immaculate unfinished basement. An abunda