Recipe for Beer & Vodka Fish & Chips

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Beer & Vodka Fish & Chips recipe

Production: 4 – Serving
Preparation: 10 Minutes
Rest time: 60 Minutes
Cooking: 5 Minutes

Fish & Chips a classic working class dish in the UK was born in London in the mid 18th century. The british took the habit of eating fried fish, because it was a low cost recipe well suited for their low income. Served in paper wraps (sometime even newspaper) Fish & Chips is a tasty and very affordable dish. London workers delight in this recipe. (See Wikipedia for more details)

As for the fries, the Belgian and the French do not agree on their origin. The Belgians claim the invention. According to them the fries were invented in Wallonia in the late 18th century. While the French believe that the French fries were born in Paris during the 1789 revolution. The first fryers would have been installed under the Pont-Neuf, giving birth to a what was originally called the Pont-Neuf potatoes then the potatoes fries and finally simply the Fries.

Regardless of the exact origin, we are still very fond of this dish. Besides being tasty, it is easy to prepare, and after all, this is a fairly economical recipe. Perfect for summer dinner when it feels is good to eat outside, and accompanied by a cold beer, Fish & Chips can become a plate for king.

To get a good Fish & Chips, there are two essential elements: some Whitefish with a good thickness (exp: cod) and a dough that will become light and crispy while frying. The one we use is largely inspired by the recipe from Chef Daniel Vézina (Restaurant Laurie Raphael). It contains a healthy dose of beer and a few ounces of vodka that will help dry out the dough and make it even crispier.

Fish & Chips plate

fresh cod – [1 lbs.]  (454 g.)
Flour (all purpose) – [3/4 cup]  (190 ml.)
Cornstarch  – [1/4 cup]  (65 ml.)
Eggs (large) – [2]
Baking Powder – [1 teaspoon]  (5 ml.)
Olive oil – [2 tablespoons]  (30 ml.)
Beer – [1/2 cup]  (125 ml.)
Vodka – [1/8 cup]  (35 ml.)
Salt – [1/4 teaspoon]  (1 ml.)

1- In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
2- In a small bowl, beat one egg and pour in the dry ingredients. Add the beer, olive oil and vodka.
3- Stir and let stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
4- Preheat the fryer to 350 F (180 C).
5- Separate the white from the yolk of the second egg and mount it in snow.
6- Add the egg whites in the dough mix.
7- Dry the fish pieces on paper towels.
8- Dip the fish pieces in batter and gently drop in the fryer.
9- Fry about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.