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Beertracker (
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 05:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here's a great recipe for traditional fish & chips from an episode of Emeril Live!. I used Yukon Gold potatoes & Fullers ESB™ as my beer of choice and served them accompanied with the same. CHEERS---Beertracker

English Fish n' Chips
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002

2 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ale or beer
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons Essence, plus 2 teaspoons, plus more for dusting, recipe follows
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds cod or pollack fillets, cut into 4-ounce pieces
6 cups vegetable oil
Malt vinegar, accompaniment

Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer or large, heavy pot to 350 degrees F. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.

Fry the potatoes in the oil until golden brown, turning to cook evenly, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with Essence, to taste, and transfer to a baking sheet. Place in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour, the ale, egg, milk, 1 tablespoon Essence, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk to make a smooth batter the consistency of cream, adding more ale, as needed, to thin. (Use the batter as soon as possible after making.) Place the remaining 3/4 cup flour and 2 teaspoons Essence in a shallow dish.

Season the fish with the remaining tablespoon of Essence. Dip the fillets first into flour to lightly coat, then into the batter, and back into the flour, shaking to remove any excess. Fry in the oil for until crisp and golden brown, turning, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season lightly with salt. Serve immediately with the fried potatoes and malt vinegar.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Episode #: EM1F13

Ian Whipple
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Username: Xboxotter

Post Number: 9
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 01:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Beertracker you struck a sore point with me. I hate Emeril with a passion. I can't stand his attudtude or his recipes and the fact that he uses his "essence" as an ingredient. I have an alternate recepie for beer batter that is used in the kitchen I run.

2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp malt vinegar
22-26 oz of beer

Much simpler I think, and our fish and chips is highly regarder in the area. (we're a British pub, it had better be) We also use haddock filets exclusively.

Hope I don't piss you off dissing Emeril. Nothing against you. BAM!!
It's getting to the point, I won't even sleep with a woman unless she says, "Yes, OK, I'll sleep with you."
The Otter Himself

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