Gastronomy: Fishfinger Roll-Ups

This is our homemade adaptation of a common ethnic food idea.
It was designed to be quick, easy, healthy and made up of items normally found in our kitchen cupboards.

Ingredients:

Burrito tortillas
Fish fingers
Lettuce
Carrots
Edam or Cheddar Cheese
Paul Newman’s Ranch Dressing.

Method:

  1. Fry the fish fingers until golden brown and cooked through. We don’t usually need to use oil for this.
  2. While the fish fingers are cooking, shred the lettuce. Peel and grate the carrots. Grate the cheese. Set aside.
  3. Once the fish fingers are cooked, keep them warm while you place a soft burrito tortilla into a hot frying pan and allow it to warm through and brown slightly. Turn and repeat on the other side.
  4. Arrange the fish fingers and other ingredients a few centimetres from the edge of the warmed tortilla. Drizzle a little bit of dressing over, then starting at one end roll up the tortilla, tucking the edge under as you go.
  5. Serve immediately.

Serve: 1 or 2 tortilla per person.

Notes:

This recipe could quite easily have an ingredients list that reads:

  • Your favourite protein source (chicken, fish, meat, eggs, beans);
  • Your favourite salad vegetables (asparagus, avocado, tomato, bean sprouts);
  • Your favourite cheese (cheddar, edam, maasdam, parmesan, feta);
  • Your favourite dressing (thousand island, cheese, garlic aioli).

This recipe really doesn’t need quantities, or ingredients, as it is so simple and is so easy to personalise. Our version is just here to stimulate your own ideas. Look to other cultures for rolled-up or wrapped foods inspiration – spring rolls, burritos, Peking duck, sushi, samosas.
Some of these can be adapted and re-invented by combining different fillings and wrappers. There are many variants of flat breads, and of course there is the humble lettuce leaf as a traditional wrapper too.

I love the simplicity of this concept of eating. If you have a favourite recipe that you use regularly, I would love to hear about it. We are always interested in new ideas and ways to make this easy snack / light dinner different and tasty.

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