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Author Notes: South Africa is a melting pot of cultures that has resulted in a vast and delicious array of street foods. The Gatsby sandwich, traditionally a Cape Town specialty, is said to havebeen created by the proprietor of a local fast food deli (more specifically a fish and chips shop ) in 1976. The story goes that he needed to feed a group of day laborers who had done some work for him but he had run out of fish. So he filled a round Portuguese loaf with what he had: chips (thick french fries) fried bologna and achar ( an Indian curried pickle ). The Great Gatsby had recently played to enthusiastic crowds at the local cinema and hence the sandwich was crowned a Gatsby smash. Today the sandwich has evolved and is more commonly filled with fried fish, calamari, chicken or steak. But if not filled with fries and a spicy sauce , is not considered a true Gatsby . —foodfanatic
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, flattened
- salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
- juice of 1 lemon
- garlic clove, chopped
- 1 red chilli, seeded and choppped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons butter
- baguette, sliced open lengthways
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha or chilli sauce of your choice
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into thick fries and fried
- 10 thin slices of mozzarella
- 1/4 cup baby salad leaves
- Season the chicken and put in a bowl with lemon juice,garlic,chilli , oil and thyme and toss well to coat.
- Heat a grill pan and grill the chicken until cooked through . Remove from the pan and slice.
- Butter the baguette and spread with the mayonnaise/ Sriracha mixture.
- Lay the chicken slices on top of the mayonnaise.
- Add the fries, mozzarella and salad to the baguette. Slice and serve.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Street Food