THE FAST & THE FLAVOURFULL ~ The Anti Filet-o-Fish


We are health-conscious, but not hardcore, teetering the fine balance between gourmand and gourmet. For various reasons, I have a bit of an issue with McDonald’s and they were among the first during my mass boycotting phase in my pre-teens. As a culinarian, I just don’t find McDonald’s that tasty overall and certainly far from nutritious and we could go on and on about their implicitness in the loss of the Amazon but that’s not the point of the post.

The Filet-o-Fish was the only thing I liked at McDonald’s and imagine my elation when they brought back the double during my ninth month of pregnancy. I was pregnant so the rules are a bit different. When it comes to analysing food choices available when examined under the microscope of socioeconomic availability McDonald’s is often named as a culprit in terms of cheap food that more readily available for low-income people. REALITY CHECK: McDonald’s is expensive.  When you find a pregnancy craving that you can actually hold down you ride it right to the end. While the hot, cheesy and crispy filet-o-fish was doing it for me on every level final stretch of the third (trimester), it was not really so great on the pocket. Said to self, “I can make this at home”.

What You’ll Need

2 Battered filets from your fave brand of frozen fish

1 Italian or Focaccia bun

Sauce

Mayonnaise

ALIMA’S African Pepper Sauce

Poor Man’s Capers (aka Sweet Relish)

Squeeze of Lemon Juice

Toppings

Mozzarella or sharp cheddar cheese

Shredded Lettuce (1/2 to one leaf of romaine)

Sauteed Onions & Mushroom (Optional)

Instructions

1) Prepare the frozen filets as per package instructions. This usually takes anywhere from 20-25 minutes. Do this first so you aren’t stuck nibbling away at your toppings waiting for your fish.

2) Mix the mayo, hot sauce and relish together. Squeeze in the lemon and mix further. Adjust with salt, pepper or spice to taste.

3) Slice up a few small mushrooms and sautee in a bit of olive oil with a dash of salt.

4) Toast the bun to your desired doneness.

5) Put the cheese on the bun. Add the fillets to one side of the bun and dress with the tartar sauce. On the other side of the bun add the sauteed mushrooms and the shredded lettuce.

6) Close bun and enjoy as you wish!

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