Fry

The Great Gatsby

June  9, 2011
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

  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 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
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Season the chicken and put in a bowl with lemon juice,garlic,chilli , oil and thyme and toss well to coat.
  2. Heat a grill pan and grill the chicken until cooked through . Remove from the pan and slice.
  3. Butter the baguette and spread with the mayonnaise/ Sriracha mixture.
  4. Lay the chicken slices on top of the mayonnaise.
  5. Add the fries, mozzarella and salad to the baguette. Slice and serve.
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