Proper Fish Finger Sandwich Update: 14th December 2015
A fish finger sandwich is a comfort food classic which is hard to beat, especially when the fish fingers are homemade. No hidden additives, succulent flaky fish coated in crunchy breadcrumbs served with lettuce and tomato in a freshly baked homemade roll. This fish finger sandwich comes with a delicious twist – zingy Pickled Onion Pickle from English Provender. Regular visitors to the Kitchen Shed will know I love my pickles, so I’m really chuffed to have been sent four jars of English Provender Proper Pickles to sample. The four different pickles are truly Proper Pickles and even though I’d bought a jar of the Pickled Onion Pickle the day before my sample pack arrived, none of these pickles will be around for long.
I must admit I’d never eaten a fish finger sandwich until I met OH but I was soon converted. Roll forward a good few years from my conversion and fish finger sandwiches have popped up on the menu in quite a few pubs and restaurants, including some with Michelin stars.
Chip shop fish, chips and pickled onions still make a great take away meal but this proper sandwich with a side order of homemade oven chips makes for a healthier alternative lunch or supper and the accompaniment is a change from the usual tomato ketchup. The crunch from the onions and the spice from the mustard seeds with no added preservatives, colours or flavours makes Pickled Onion Pickle my kind of pickle and it elevates the fish finger sandwich to another level – a proper adult sandwich.
My homemade Proper Fish Finger Sandwich includes Ted’s Rolls with yet another makeover to make them just the right size and shape for my fish fingers. I’ve made the fish fingers jumbo sized so there’s relatively less breadcrumbs and more succulent fish. The breadcumbs are made with turmeric and paprika to add a hint of flavour whilst combining to give a rich golden colour.
“This post is an entry to the #ProperPickle Challenge with The English Provender Co and Foodies 100“
If you fancy trying Proper Pickles you’ll find them in your local Asda and Waitrose at £1.50 per jar.
- 300 to 400g sustainably fished cod, pollock or haddock fillets - skinned and de boned (I used cod)
- 4 tablespoons plain flour with ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg - beaten
- 85 g dried breadcrumbs
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil for frying or cooking spray for baking
- 6 good quality bread rolls of your choice (I made a batch of Ted's Rolls)
- Butter (optional)
- 6 tomatoes
- Salad leaves (I used Little Gem lettuce)
- 6 heaped teaspoons Pickled Onion Pickle plus extra for dipping your chips in.
- Batch of Homemade Healthy Oven Chips
Make your fish fingers:
- Cut your fish pieces into strips approx 3 cm x 8 to 10 cm. Place the flour and salt in a shallow container. Pour the beaten egg into the second container and your breadcrumbs into the third container.
- Arrange the containers in a row and you are ready to assemble your fish fingers. Evenly coat each strip of fish with flour, then egg and complete the process by rolling in breadcrumbs making sure they are completely covered. Your fish fingers are now ready to fry or bake.
- Heat the oil to a medium heat and fry the fish fingers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden.
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C / Gas Mark 4
- Place the fish fingers on a lined baking tray. Spray with cooking spray and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. To get more of a golden crust, turn them over halfway through cooking and spray with cooking spray.
Assemble your Proper Fish Finger Sandwich:
- Slice your rolls in half. Optional: Spread with butter.
- Arrange tomato slices on the bottom halves of your rolls followed by salad leaves. Add a heaped teaspoon of Pickled Onion Pickle and spread over your salad. Arrange your fish fingers over the pickle and top with the other half of the roll.
- Serve with a side of chips and a dish of extra pickle for dipping.
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