|Salty Nick v2
Location: On a rock or beach
|Fish 'n' Chips
Fish fillets with a light, crispy beer batter and crunchy chips. Let me preface this by saying this is the first time I ever cooked fish 'n' chips (but I love to eat them!). I found this recipe on the web (http://norecipes.com/blog/fish-and-chips-recipe/#sthash.aJLDl6wA.Q3p68qe8.dpbs), and it seemed to work fine for a first-timer.
• 2-4 medium potatoes (I used a mix of yukon gold and russet)
• 4 medium fish fillets - rockfish, lingcod, cod, haddock or albacore work well.
• 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1/4 teaspoon paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
• vegetable oil for frying
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 cup very cold beer you may need a little more
• Salt, black pepper & garlic salt or other seasoning to taste
Scrub the potatoes well, then cut into 1/4" thick batons (thinner is better than thicker). Soak in water in large bowl for an hour or more (overnight is fine, too) Dry thoroughly with paper towels and leave them sitting on paper towels to allow the surface of the potatoes to dry out for about 30 minutes. You can skip this step if you're pressed for time, but your potatoes won't turn out as crisp.
Salt & pepper fillets, sprinkle on garlic powder or other seasoning if desired. Mix the flour, cornstarch, paprika, and onion powder in a medium bowl until well combined. Dust each fish fillet with the flour mixture on all sides.
Add 1 1/2" of vegetable oil to a heavy bottomed pot and heat to 330 degrees F. Line a 2 wire racks with 2 layers of paper towels each. Fry the potatoes in batches until a light tan color and the edges are just starting to brown. Transfer the fried chips to one prepared rack to drain.
When the potatoes are done frying, add the baking powder to the flour mixture and whisk together. Then add the cold beer to the flour mixture and lightly whisk together. It's okay if there are still a few lumps, just make sure you do not overmix the batter or it will end up heavy.
Dip the fillets in the batter and fry them in batches. Flip the fillets over with tongs when you see the edges start to turn light brown. Transfer to the second prepared rack as they finish frying. When the fish is done frying, increase the heat of the oil to 375 degrees F. Fry the chips a second time until they are golden brown and crisp. Drain on a rack and sprinkle with salt.
Fry the fish a second time at the higher temperature until golden brown. Drain on a rack. Serve the fish and chips with lemon wedges, malt vinegar and/or tartar sauce.