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Fish Burger

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There's something about fish burgers that transports me to summer, even if it's raining outside!

Let me tell you about it. For this recipe I used halibut but any firm, dense fish will do, such as cod, salmon or even tuna. The fish is coated in a tempura-like batter and then served on a toasted bun with homemade tartar sauce and a side of hand-cut potato chips.

The tartar sauce is a simple mixture of Hellman's mayonnaise, diced cornichons (small gherkins), Spanish onion and capers.

The chips are paper-thin slices of potato fried only for a few seconds. The result -- crispy, salty chips -- the perfect accompaniment!

Ingredients:

  • FOR THE TARTAR SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup of whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Spanish onion, dliced
  • 15 capers
  • 6 cornichons or small gherkins, diced
  • FOR THE TEMPURA-BATTERED FISH
  • Filets of halibut for 2
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • FOR THE BURGERS
  • A handful of mixed lettuce
  • 2-4 hamburger buns
  • FOR THE HAND-CUT CHIPS
  • 1-2 medium potatoes, thinly sliced and dried on paper towels
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cups of vegetable or sunflower oil for frying

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat the grill.
  2. First prepare the tartar sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, cornichons, onion and capers. Set aside.
  3. Thinly slice the potatoes and place them on a paper towel to dry.
  4. Heat the oil on a high heat in a medium saucepan.
  5. Place the potato slices into the oil and fry for about a minute or until golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Make sure that you remove all of the chips from the oil before cooking the fish.
  6. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder and water with a fork. Add the fish filets and coat well. Gently lower the fish into the oil and fry about 3-4 minutes or until the batter is golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  7. Meanwhile, pop your buns in the oven and lightly toast them for a minute or so.
  8. Assemble the hamburgers, by spreading on a layer of tartar sauce, followed by mixed lettuce, a fish filet, a bit more sauce and then the bun top. Enjoy!

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