I don’t know about you but during my secondary school days, I stole to buy fish rolls! Yes, it’s out! I stole, from my dad’s trousers just so I could enjoy this yummy snack during school break. And that’s not all, when I couldn’t find money in his pockets, I devised another strategy. In fact, two other strategies. There must always be a plan B right?
There was this mami who sold irresistible fish rolls at my secondary school campus. For some reason, hers always tasted way better than the fish rolls the other women sold. Every day, she came at exactly 12 noon with two food flasks full of fish rolls and a margarine container that contained fried pepper sauce. She was always just in time for our first school break. Chai, I could not wait to get out of Maths class. Langa fish roll got me a teacup (a U-grade) in O’level mathematics. Go figure!
When I didn’t find money in my father’s trousers, I ‘stole’ money from my mom. She was my plan B. Most often mom sent me to the market on Saturdays. She didn’t understand why grocery shopping always made me smile from ear-to-ear. Abeg no tell my reme (mom) ooo ha! I made the list, so my strategy was pretty simple. I increased the price of the goodies by 25frs each such that I ended up with about 200 – 300frs each Saturday. Enough money for a weeks worth of fish rolls. Weh see wetin langa fish roll do and turn me into: A fat liar and a thief! Thank God for Grace to pursue and conquer my heart and forgive me of all my sins.
But guys for real? Her fish rolls were that good, I was glad when my home economics teacher taught us how to make it. Today, I am recreating her fish roll recipe but twisted to make it easier, faster and even more flavorful. I used 2 tins of sardine to make the filling. You can make sardine from scratch if you have time to do so. You can enjoy it with creme caramel and choco-flavored pap/akamu and some hot African pepper sauce. The video recipe will be on my YouTube channel next Friday so do not forget to subscribe. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. C’mon my friend, it’s more fun cooking together. If you make this recipe, please leave a comment below so that I can celebrate you.
Now, let’s make some fish rolls.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk, skimmed
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 2 tins of sardine
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 onion
- Bouillon cube, salt, and pepper to taste
- In a hot pan, add the oil from the sardine tin. Add onions and glaze.
- Now add red bell pepper (tatashe). Season and fry for 5 mins. Set aside to cool.
- Melt butter in a hot pan or pot. Remove from heat and add milk immediately to the hot melted butter. Stir well.
- Add salt, sugar, and egg. Mix thoroughly. The mixture should be lukewarm by now. Add yeast, mix and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate.
- Add flour bit-by-bit and mix or knead using your hands. Your dough should not be sticky to the touch.
- 1.) Use your fingers to cut the dough into 16 equal round balls. When this is done, flour your working surface and use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into triangle-like shapes which are about the thickness of a coin (money). Then using a teaspoon scoop in some sardine on it and roll, folding in the ends.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal balls. Use your fingers to form a small rectangle. Then flour your working surface and gently roll the dough into a long and narrow strip. Use a knife to make diagonal cuts starting from the top corner cutting down to the first bottom mark. Make diagonal cuts along the entire length of the dough. Then change the angle and make cuts from the other top corner to the bottom mark to create triangles. Scoop in a teaspoon of sardine sauce onto the triangle and roll as you squeeze the ends tight so it does not loosen when being fried.
- Meanwhile heat 2 liters of vegetable oil in a pot till hot. When hot, reduce the heat to medium and fry your fish rolls till golden brown on each side.
- If baking beat an egg and rub it on all your fish rolls. Place on parchment paper and bake at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes (depending on your oven) or till rolls are golden brown.
- Enjoy it with pap/akamu or tea or on its own as a snack.
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