Me vs. Tesco
I love the humble, yet majestic fishfinger sandwich. It’s right up there in my top 100 foods. As stated in that list, I don’t honestly think there is such a thing as a wrong way to make one.
Tesco have decided to launch their (cold) version of this classic, it goes into stores in September 09 and costs a paltry £2. I know what you’re thinking, you look at the picture to the right and it just comes into your head, “what’s with the lettuce?” I thought the same thing, so I asked Tesco. This is what they said.
We wanted to bring a bit of nostalgia into the Tesco sandwich range and Fish Finger sandwich was the obvious choice. What was difficult was deciding the best combination – ketchup, mayonnaise, tartare sauce, lettuce or no lettuce? We conducted internal panels but everyone had their own favourite. In the end we panelled all options with Tesco and we decided to go with ketchup as it worked well with the fried flavour of the fish fingers, cutting through this to give a good balance of flavours. The lettuce really helps to lift the visual on the cut face of the sandwich and also gives a bit of a crunch when you bite. One thing that needed no debate, it had to go into soft white bread.
I’m afraid this is where me and Tesco part ways, because I think there is plenty to debate in choice of bread alone, let alone the other constituents that combine to create this classic. So by way of evidence I present my recipe for the perfect sandwich.
Ben’s Fishfinger Sandwich
2 Slices wholemeal bread (square loaf tin)
4 Birds Eye Haddock fish fingers
Hot English mustard
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Spread a generous film of hot English mustard on a slice of fresh wholemeal medium sliced bread. Top with a slice of mature cheddar cheese (2-3mm thickness). Place 4 oven baked Birds Eye Haddock fishfingers (grilled too crispy, fried too greasy) on top of the cheese. Squeeze a hefty portion of Heinz Tomato Ketchup onto the fishfingers and top with the second slice of bread. Leave for approx 5 seconds, then give a gentle squeeze to ensure good ingredient cohesion.