The ultimate batter for deep frying... DIRECTIONS: BEER! Whether its ale, lager, pilsener, or stout, is terrific for cooking. Beer makes a batter for deep frying and smooths a French onion soup. And what could be more compatible for lunch on a rainy Vancouver weekend out on the boat fishing for Spring salmon than a cold beer with a hot pastrami sandwich smothered with brown beer mustard? This is the late James Beards recipe for batter to French fry vegetables. Trim your veggies, wash, dry thoroughly, dust with flour, dip into the batter, and fry in oil at 360 F. until done. However, James "missed the boat" on this one - its far better for deep frying halibut, cod, or any other seafood. The batter puffs up because of the beers yeast, fries quickly, and as a result, doesnt commit the cardinal sin of seafood preparation - overcooking. I think few of our piscine friends benefit from deep frying as a cooking method, but thats another story. To prepare, place flour in a mixing bowl and add egg yolks, salt, oil, and beer. Stir batter until thoroughly mixed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours or as long as 24 - the longer the better, to a point. Just before using batter, stir it well again. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; gently fold egg whites into batter. Does 2 lbs. of veggies or 6 fish fillets, depending upon their size. Makes 4 servings.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (206g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 157 (44%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 17.5g||23 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.3g||22 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 7.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.2g|
|Cholesterol 528.8mg||163 %|
|Sodium 180.2mg||6 %|
|Potassium 293.9mg||8 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 28.3g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||10 %|
|Sugars, other 25.7g|
|Protein 19.6g||28 %|
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Calories per serving: 357
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