|My fish looks pretty damn good|
I am still on my quest to actually eat fish. This is a very long road for me--I am not a huge fish fan and probably never will be. I like to eat things that eat grass. Bud loves fish, and I love Bud. So, I have been making fish every other week or so for us--but pretty much just by sticking it in the oven with some kind of topping/sauce and baking it.
This time I went crazy and got a wild hair on my day off. I called Bud and asked him if he wanted beer battered fish for supper. Let's just say he was a bit excited and after hanging up, I thought "Shit! What have I got myself into this time?"
Enter Paula Deen. I figured if anyone knows how to fry something, it's her. I found her recipe on Food Network, and it's so easy I had to keep rechecking it to make sure I wasn't missing something. Nope: beer, flour, seasoning. Hot oil. Fish. Done.
What does make this a little different from other recipes is that you dip the fish into the batter, then into flour before frying. The flour makes it look all crispy and ridgy looking--like something you'd get at a restaurant.
Needless to say, Bud was bowled over by the fish. He inhaled it. Keeping it warm in the oven worked wonders--every piece I brought out of the oven--even 15 minutes after we started eating--was piping hot and steaming. And it stayed crunchy.
I used malt vinegar on my fish and I liked the taste. I will definitely have to make my own tartar sauce; the stuff I bought tasted horrible. Ick.
Here's another look at my first--and certainly not last--attempt at beer battered fish: I know my mad skills don't extend to camera work, but you get the idea:
By the way, I used cod. And I made red potatoes seasoned with butter, garlic powder, oregano, salt & pepper. I decided we had enough fried food with the fish.
This would also make some tasty fried chicken strips and onion rings, too.