VEGAN FISH & CHIPS 🥬🐠🍟 by The Substantial Salad

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I recreated my favourite pub meal with a delicious and tasty fish-friendly recipe. The combination of the rich ale-infused batter and flaky hearts of palm with a tangy homemade tartare sauce makes the dish perfect for cosier autumn evenings! Serve with wedges of fresh lemon and mushy peas! (Serves 6)

What you need

Battered Fish 🍺

  • 800g hearts of palm (approx. 2 tins drained)

  • 4 tbsp caper brine

  • 30g cornflour

  • 95g flour

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp celery salt

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

  • Salt and pepper

  • 250ml ale

Sweet Potato Fries 🍠

  • 2 sweet potatoes (cut into fries)

  • Rapeseed oil

  • Salt and pepper

Tartare Sauce 🥒

  • ¼ red onion (finely diced)

  • 2 gherkins (finely diced)

  • 2 tbsp capers (chopped)

  • Handful fresh dill (chopped)

  • Handful fresh parsley (chopped)

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise

  • ½ lemon (juiced)

How to make

Battered Fish 🍺

1. Prep the hearts of palm cylinders by pushing out the cores. Slice each cylinder open and press into a flat fillet. Shred the core and place on top of the fillet, repeat for the rest. Place the fillets in a shallow dish and drizzle with the caper brine

2. Meanwhile, make the batter by combining all the ingredients from cornflour through salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the ale until you get a nice thick batter

3. Heat a 1-inch layer of oil in a large frying pan. Take a fillet, sprinkle with a little flour and dunk it in the batter. Ensure the fillet is evenly coated on both sides and place in the hot oil to fry. Work in batches and fry each fillet for a few minutes on each side until crispy and golden

4. If you have some remaining batter, double dip any fillets as required and refry!

5. Place the cooked fillets on a paper towel to drain excess oil

Sweet Potato Fries 🍠

6. Preheat the oven to 200°C

7. Toss the sweet potato in salt, pepper and olive oil. Spread evenly on the tray (ensure the fries are not touching each other – this will make them crispier). Bake for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven turning once

Tartare Sauce 🥒

8. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl!

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