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
boneless, skinless chicken thighs, flattened
salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
juice of 1 lemon
garlic clove, chopped
red chilli, seeded and choppped
chopped fresh thyme
baguette, sliced open lengthways
Sriracha or chilli sauce of your choice
medium potatoes, cut into thick fries and fried
thin slices of mozzarella
baby salad leaves
In This Recipe
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.