Sunday, 31 October 2010

Fish Finger Sandwich

This is yet another new product in the Sainsbury's Basics range. I don't ever remember Sainsbury's ever including a cheese spread in any of their lines, although in my times at university I remembered using Primula ham and cheese spread to go with bread for breakfast. It was a reminder of the Kerrygold Ham and Cheese spread that I was so fond of when I was growing up.

Had this been around when I was studying, I would most certainly foregone any benefits in taste and bought this. At 42p I could easily buy three of these and my total spend would still be lower than if I were to buy one tube of Dairylea.

For the fish finger sandwich that I will have for lunch today, I decided to make an analogue to tartar sauce by combining the cheese spread with some Basics French dressing, with some interesting results.

The assembly of the rest of the sandwich is pretty straightforward: one slice of bread, some Basics cheddar cheese, 3 fish fingers and then the tartar sauce.

It might be a good idea to bake the 3 fish fingers in a way such that as little of the fingers are in contact with the baking tray. The fingers have a tendency to stick to the foil owing to the oil that seeps out during cooking.

The sandwich was enjoyable, even without the tang of tartar: any excuse to replace an ingredient with cheese would after all be welcome. While the cheese spread was not that strong tasting as promised by the packaging, it would serve as a good substitute for the mayonnaise in mayo-based sauces.
DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Cheese Spread£0.42150g+£0.63 for DairyleaBetter tasting cheese spread. Skip both and go for cream cheese.


  1. I am an avid reader of your blog and would just like to say that Sainsbury's Basics Cheese Spread has been out for at least a year now.. I discovered it not long after becoming a student and love it. So cheap and not that different from Dairylea!

  2. Hey, thanks for the tip! I only saw this pop up at my sains in the last month or so. Im aware the availabilty of products - basics or otherwise - varies from store to store, so it might be that, or that ive not had a close look at the aisle! Glad that you are enjoying my posts, it's certainly encouraging!


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