Andy’s Traditional British Fish and Chips

Andy’s Traditional British Fish and Chips

Andy’s Traditional British Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

fish-and-chipsFish and chips are a British speciality and, when cooked correctly, this dish is absolutely superb.

You will need:

Fresh haddock fillets (use cod if not available)
Potatoes
Flour – 1/2 lb
Half a pint of beer (any beer will do as it is needed for the yeast however, Boddington’s does make excellent batter)
1 can of garden peas
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Vegetable oil
Deep fat fryer

Preparation:

1. Add the flour and beer to a bowl and whisk thoroughly.
Your batter mixture should be like liquid but thick and heavy. It should slowly fall off a spoon.

2. Wash, peel and chop the potatoes. The ‘chips’ should be chunky and not like the ones you get in McDonald’s or Burger King.

3. Boil the potatoes as if you were going to mash them.

4. Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface and season with salt and pepper.

5. Completely coat the haddock fillets in the flour.

6.  Put the peas in a saucepan and cover with water. Warm through but do not boil.

7. Add the vegetable oil to the deep fat fryer and turn it on. When it’s reached 200 degrees, it’s ready.

8. Once the potatoes have boiled, drain and transfer to the deep fat fryer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and golden in colour.

9. Remove the chips from the fryer and put them on a warm tray in the bottom shelf of the oven on a low warming heat.

10. Dip the fish in your batter mixture until it is covered and place in the fryer. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the batter is golden and crispy.

11. Place the peas in a bowl and gently mash with a fork. Add a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.

12. Serve the fish, chips and peas on a plate (or in newspaper) and enjoy with a good pint of beer and some friends.

WARNING: Do this correctly and you will seriously enjoy the above.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy