Sunday Gravy with yeah right: Fish and Chips and Beer! Cheers!

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yeah right

yeah right is a lifelong Vikings fan. Loves to cook but doesn’t plate. Loves to drink but hates hangovers. Loves to read. Has no regrets.
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Good day folks.

Welcome back to another edition of Sunday Gravy.

We’ve got a quick, easy and pretty damn delicious menu for you today and the best part is…we get to cook with beer!

Fuck yeah!

Hopefully I didn’t scare away too many folks with my dalliance with veal. I know some people are sensitive to that type of thing. Today I will make amends by preparing a meal that even vegetarians can eat. For today we are making fish and chips. At home. And we have a special bonus recipe: hush puppies! You regular readers may remember that we’ve made hush puppies before when I made a batch of lentil soup. The recipe’s the same but I’ll give a quick ingredient breakdown of it anyway.

First though how did it get decided that fish wasn’t meat? I know the Catholics practice meatless Fridays but they can still consume fish. I have a niece who claims to be vegetarian but eats fish and shellfish. Isn’t the flesh of any animal considered meat?

I’m not here to belittle anyone’s spiritual belief systems or ethical decision making skills but personally I consider fish as meat. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t eat as much of it.

I only bring this up because I know of no person who doesn’t enjoy fish and chips. If you visit a restaurant or pub for the first time and see fish and chips on the menu isn’t that your food choice? If you notice a couple of items and can’t decide on which don’t you always just say “Fuck it, give me the fish and chips?” Or is that just me?

Fish and chips date back to as early as 1860 when a Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin opened a fish and chips shop in East London. Fried fish dates back even earlier as Jewish immigrants from Portugal and Spain introduced fried fish to London. It is believed that Joseph Malin’s shop is the first to marry the chips with the fried fish*

*Source

Regardless of origin everyone loves a hot, crispy, greasy pile of fish and chips. Serve alongside a delicious frosty beer and life is pretty goddamn good. The hush puppies are an American Southern creation and I find they pair really fucking well with the fish and chips.

Fuck it, let’s do this damn thing!

A quick note of caution before we get going: Frying fish in a hot batch of oil inside of a closed kitchen WILL most definitely leave a lingering odor that will need to be exorcised from your house less the entire neighborhood feral cat community decides you are ground zero for their new clubhouse.

Got it?

Cool.

Fish and chips!

Potatoes – I used your basic russet potato – 1 per person.

1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh fish fillets cut into about 6-7 ounce portions. You want a firm white fish for these. I found some fresh Pacific cod at my local grocery store. You can also use haddock, pollack or Tilapia for these.

1 gallon of cooking oil. I used canola.

For the fish:

1 cup of all purpose flour

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 cup of corn starch

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

dash of Old Bay seasoning *optional

1 bottle of dark beer – use Guinness extra stout if possible

Go ahead and peel them spuds. We want these to soak for awhile. You can do this about an hour in advance if you want. Cover with enough water to cover the potatoes by about an inch.

If you have 2 pots big enough to fry in, use them both. Pour equal amounts of oil in each. If you only have one frying vessel do the first cook of the potatoes, then the fish, then the second cook of the potatoes. You can cook the hush puppies first and keep them warm in a 200 degree oven but I’m getting ahead of myself. If you have the two pots you can cook the fish in one and finish the chips in the other thus ensuring each dish is hot at the same time.

After soaking we want to pre-cook the potatoes for a few minutes to ensure the middle of the chips are cooked. Heat the oil to about 325 degrees. Drain the potatoes and cook in the hot oil for about 3 minutes. We’re not browning here just cooking until the potatoes are a little “floppy.”

Insert your favorite dick joke here.

Remove the pre-cooked fries to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain.

Now let’s get busy with the fish.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, half of the salt, the cayenne, and Old Bay and whisk together. Next remove two bottle of beer from the refrigerator.

Open the first and drink.

Pour the second beer into the dry ingredients and whisk again to form a fairly thin batter. Be sure to mix well. You want to refrigerate this batter for at least 20 minutes before battering the fish. You can refrigerate for up to an hour beforehand.

When mixed the batter should look like this.

Remove a third beer from the fridge and consume that. Don’t get too fucking crazy here because we’re cooking with some hot-ass oil. Don’t deep fry a hand or anything. You can use another type of beer besides Guinness, including your on-hand American macro-beer but Guinness instills a rich malty finish to the batter that just works.

Heat the oil to 350.

Now take the corn starch and place into a bowl. Season the fish fillets with a little salt then dredge each fish fillet in the corn starch to coat. This is a pretty important step since it will keep the wet batter from falling off the fish while it’s frying.

Take one of the coated fish fillets and dip in the wet batter just prior to going into the oil. Important step, dredge in the batter JUST before putting the fish in the oil. Use a pair of tongs and kind of swirl the fish gently as you lower it into the oil to set the batter before dropping the fish completely in the oil.

Additional important note! Use a non-stick pot for the frying or be sure your cast iron Dutch oven is well seasoned, otherwise the fish will stick to the bottom of the pot and you will lose the lovely batter when attempting to remove the fish.

Yep, this fucker is going to be a pretty fierce boil so exercise caution.

The fish will cook for about 4-5 minutes depending on the size of each fillet. Cook until you achieve a nice golden brown.

The above photo is to demonstrate what happens if you cook the fish in a cooking vessel that is NOT non-stick.

Now look at the banner photo again.

That’s after switching to a non-stick pan for frying. Much, much better.

When the fish has been cooked, remove the fish fillets to a cooling rack to help drain the oil. You can use the paper towel on the plate thing but your batter may stick to the paper towel. Now drop those pre-cooked fries  CHIPS you dumbass back into the oil and cook until crispy, browned and delicious.

You can whip up a quick tartar sauce with some mayo, sweet pickle relish and a dash of onion powder as a base

or you can be more traditional and use malt vinegar. Being your typical heathen American I’m not that crazy about malt vinegar and could think of no additional applications for it. Besides there is, as mentioned before, a nice malty kick from the Guinness in the batter.

Plate some chips, put a slab or two of the fish on top, grab as many beers as your arms can carry and get fucking busy.

If you are in need of some additional fried food items you can also make hush puppies.

Hush Puppies!

1/2 cup of self rising flour – yes, self rising.

1/2 cup of cornmeal.

1 tablespoon of sugar.

1/2 onion minced fine.

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

Salt to flavor after the puppies have been cooked.

1 egg beaten.

1/4 cup of whole milk – actually start by adding milk until reaching the desired consistency. I’m just saying it was about 1/4 cup.

Mix together the dry ingredients.

Then add in the eggs and milk and whisk to make a smooth batter.

Now stealing directly from the above linked post where we already made hush puppies, using a couple of spoons form the batter into a ball-ish(?) shape.

Then drop into the hot oil.

We made these first and kept them warm in the oven as mentioned above.

Notice the puppies are draining on a paper towel.

Despite the fact that we are cooking fish, which is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, this is obviously not going to be the healthiest preparation method for fish. It will however be delicious as a motherfucker. If I wanted a healthy fish presentation I would have made sushi dammit.

There’s something entirely satisfying about a good plate of fish and chips. You take that first bite and you get a nice crunch from the crispy batter, you may even get a little residual bit of oil trickling down your chin. Then you grab a chip and maybe dip that bastard in some tartar sauce. This is followed by a long slow drink of a cold delicious beer. Let’s grab one of those salty, crunchy, savory hush puppies next. Oh God, that little fucker is good too.

Delicious, easy, comforting and a perfect excuse to pound down as many beers as you are able.

Try this one folks.

But do open the windows.

The cats can find another clubhouse.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!

 

yeah right
yeah right
yeah right is a lifelong Vikings fan. Loves to cook but doesn't plate. Loves to drink but hates hangovers. Loves to read. Has no regrets.

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Beerguyrob

Fuck yeah – someone else who believes in blanching their chips!

Romonobyl

No minced jalapeno in your puppies?

HEATHEN!!!!!!

scotchnaut

Switching back and forth during commercials from Spaceballs to The Grey was very jarring. One thing was very interesting though-Spaceballs had a few characters saying “Do Something” and then went to an ad so I switched over and lo and behold, there’s Liam screaming at the sky to “Do Something!”.

ssb-synchronous story, bro

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Weird how basically the same script leads to somewhat different films because of the direction.

Gratliff

I’ve never had a hush puppy that didn’t make me want to vomit.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Really? They are very comfortable.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I was just in the UK and the one of the places near to the work site had gotten bought out and remodeled; they also remodeled the kitchen apparently because they really stepped up the F&C game. Stiil the best F&C I have ever had was in of all places Alaska; big, thick, fresh halibut…… don’t even remember the chips part.

Horatio Cornblower

I don’t eat halibut nearly enough.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Not even for the halibut/hellofit?

#damnauditoryjokes

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I’ll have ….. nun of that.

*stretch.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

It is a whole different ballgame fresh or quick frozen fresh.

SonOfSpam

Halibut is wonderful but too pricey for regular eating. Gotta wait for fancy eating days.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

When I go to Alaska I go “catch” a bunch at
http://www.newsagaya.com/
Buy a shit load (metric), have them quick freeze it, package it and bring it home on the plane in a freezer box; all that makes it less than most quality fish here in Colorado. Of course I’m going there anyway; if you added the trip to the cost it would be like hunting; $467.92/pound.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Welp, I made it on the right day this time and have my ticket for 10 oz of Pliny the younger.

And now, we wait.

Fronkenshteen

“Use a pair of tongs and kind of swirl the fish gently as you lower it into the oil to set the batter before dropping the fish completely in the oil.”

This step is SO IMPORTANT.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Are we still talking about cooking?

Fronkenshteen

Yes! We make (an inferior version of) this where I work. If you don’t do the swirly thing with the battered fish, o Christ it sticks to the baskets so badly. White hot rage!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

We all need to fight those lazy non-swirlers.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

1 gallon of cooking oil

For what, midget lady bikini wrestling matches?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Great, thanks a lot pal; I wanted to hold off my wanking session to later, but now I have NO choice!

ballsofsteelandfury

Tartar sauce is Satan’s semen. Malt vinegar 4EVA!

Horatio Cornblower

Now I want to market a hot sauce called “Satan’s Semen”; there’s no way that wouldn’t fly off the shelves.

litre_cola

But it would get everywhere and clean up is a bitch.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Would not be as potent as…..

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I have had some brands that were good, but most I don’t care for. I like to use spicy Cajun Remoulade.