I’m a total sucker for nostalgia food, so when we were organising my mom’s annual birthday surprise and decided on a riverside picnic, I knew I had to make some dainty filled sandwiches for the occasion. I wanted to replicate those delicate tuna mayo sandwiches of my childhood, but in a kinder filling way. I’d seen all over the Interwebs peeps making tuna fish replacement filling with chic peas (seriously, those are multitasking legumes) but I wanted to add in a flake element with a fishy texture, and had a genius moment of combining chic peas and chopped artichoke hearts – perfection. Simple to make, pretty as a picture, and can be made into dainty points or thrown into a baguette with a red checker napkin and a pickle for a down home New York deli experience – I’ll have what she’s having!
ChicFish Sandwiches (makes about 4 full sambos/16 points)
8 slices soft white sandwich bread
spread like Nuttlex or whatever you prefer
1 tin chic peas, drained and roughly mashed
1 jar artichoke hearts in brine, finely sliced
finely chopped parsley to taste (I used about ¼ bunch flat leaf)
2T capers, finely chopped
2 sticks of celery (fine inner stalks) finely chopped
bunch of chives finely chopped
1T Dijon mustard
4T Vegan mayonnaise (or more if you like it juicy)
zest of a lemon
vegan fish sauce (optional if you want it to taste more fishy)
salt and pepper
tabasco if you are that way inclined
iceberg lettuce, chiffonaded finely
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, taste for seasoning and add more mayo if you want it to be a little more moist. Ingredients should be bound with the mayo/mustard but not sloppy. If you want a fishy experience, very judiciously use the vegan fish sauce, but no more than 1/4tsp
- Spread the bread lightly with Nuttlex or whatever, if you want to go all out and cut off the crusts, now is your moment to shine.
- Fill the sandwiches and drape with lettuce neatly, cut into triangles. (Note: if you have gluten free peeps dining, you can also use this to fill lettuce cups)
- Display beautifully.
- Reap praise.
- Eat like a lai-day.