This month’s #GoJunkFood (a small twitter challenge) was chosen as Fish & Chips. Truly this could not have come at a better time as I was craving me some beer battered and fried fish like you can’t even imagine and I was looking for an excuse, any excuse to make some.
Being from Canada which has a huge amount of British immigrants (my Mom being one!), we have a ton of Fish & Chip shops. On of my fondest food memories from growing is the family going out and getting our Fish & Chips. Usually we brought it home but we all went to the little shop and ordered our food and got it hot from the fryer wrapped up in unprinted newspaper. I remember the smell of hot paper, grease (the good kind) and the fish in a very, very happy way…
Onto my Fish & Chips. Now, I had to stay original with the fish because I really needed to satisfy my craving. I did use cod this time. Usually we use Grouper as it is a local fish but I wasn’t able to get any that I was happy with and there is no way I was paying for Halibut (my favorite fish for Fish & Chips) but I did put my own Southern spin on the chips. I made Sweet Potato fries to highlight where I live now and the wonderful fall season!
Beer Battered Fish (this is the same batter I use for squash blossoms)
Heat 3 inches of oil in a heavy bottomed pot to at least 350 degrees.
2 lbs of fish (thawed if frozen), I used cod but any firm white fish will do
2 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 cup for dredging
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup beer (I stole T.'s Yeungling for this one)
Coarse salt for finishing
- While the oil is heating mix the batter ingredients until just combined. This batter should be the consistency of pancake batter.
- Dredge each piece of fish lightly in the plain flour and then dip into the batter and place gently in the oil. Do not crowd the fish in the oil, you may have to cook in batches. Cook turning once until a nice golden brown.
- Drain on a rack or paper towels and serve immediately
Double Fried Sweet Potato Fries (Ceramic Canvas)
2 pounds sweet potatoes
Salt, to taste
- Pour oil in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan to reach halfway up the sides of the pan. Heat to 325 degrees F, use a deep fry thermometer to determine this.
- While the oil is heating, peel the potatoes (if you want to…I left the skin on) and cut into uniform sticks. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl of ice water to release some of the starch and to keep them from browning.
- Dry the potato strips thoroughly, this will keep the oil from splattering (very important step as the sweet potatoes seem to hold more water anyway). Fry them in batches so the pan isn’t crowded and the oil temperature doesn’t drop. Cook for 3 minutes until they are soft but not browned.
- Remove the potatoes with a long-handled metal strainer and drain on brown paper bags.
- Bring oil temperature up to 375 degrees F. Return the par-fried potatoes to the oil in batches and cook a second time for 4 minutes until golden and crispy. Drain on fresh brown paper bags then place in a serving bowl lined with paper towels. Salt and serve immediately.
The Fish & Chips are part of the #GoJunkFood quest to take your every day bar food and put your own spin on it. Be sure to visit all of the other bloggers involved…
Thanks for letting me play guys and I can’t wait to see what next month brings!