Fry Me to the Moon.
Let's just say I'm not one of the people who's afraid of deep-frying!
Tuesday's dinner: French Fries and Beer Batter Chicken
Small batch frying...not a lot of fun. Before it was all over, I spent almost two hours in front of a pan of hot oil...
Beer battering food is pretty big in my neck of the woods...'restaurants' (again, using that term loosely) even offer it on their menus.
I got this recipe from my Mom, who most likely used it at the Four Seasons, a hotel/restaurant/bar in St. Marys where she was the head cook.
Beat an egg. To this, blend in 12 oz. beer (we used a bottle of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat a friend had left behind). Sprinkle 2 cups of flour, 2 tsps. baking soda, and a bit of salt and pepper on top; beat till (and this is the original wording I was given) whipped-cream like. Do not mix again.
Dip fish or chicken (which has been dried) in the batter, and fry 2 to 3 minutes for fish, 10 for chicken.
I was a little worried when I glanced at the beer bottle...it had been sitting in our laundry room/pantry for months. I mean, cherry?
But while there was definitely a cherry aroma, the batter seemed unaffected by it.
And quite possibly, this was the first beer batter I've eaten that didn't have me saying 'ugh; I can taste the beer!'.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for this month's Blog Party, Vegas, Baby!. We're all about giving in and indulging this time around, so start planning those entries. And remember...it's never too early to submit!
Food and Drink, Frying, Chicken, Beer