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Beer Batter

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Recipe

Beer batter is my favorite coating for deep frying, not because I want my fried foods to taste like beer (in fact, the beer flavor in a fried batter is pretty faint), but because it produces the crispiest crust. I use it for Fried Clam Sandwiches, but I encourage you to use it for other dishes, including onion rings, zucchini sticks, and shrimp.

Yield: About 1¾ cups, enough to coat 4 servings meat, poultry, seafood, or vegetables
Prep time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1½ cups beer, any kind; the darker the color the more beer flavor will come through
  • 1½ to 1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper

Directions

1. Whisk together 1 cup beer, 1 cup flour, and ½ teaspoon salt until almost smooth. Strain the batter through a sieve and let rest, covered, at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour. Check the consistency;it should resemble a slightly thick pancake batter. If it doesn’t, add more flour or beer.

2. Combine the remaining ½ cup flour with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a soup plate or plastic bag. Dip the item to be fried in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess before coating it in the batter.

3. Most items should be fried at a temperature of 365° to 375°F and sprinkled with salt right after they are removed from the hot oil.

Notes

The beer batter will slither right off whatever you’re battering if you don’t first dust that item lightly with seasoned flour. So don’t omit that step.

Total time: 25 minutes


© 2005 Sarah Moulton
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 4 servings, using 1 cup of beer, 1.5 cups of flour, and 1/2 teaspoon of added salt.

196kcal (10%)
10mg (1%)
0mg (0%)
0mcg RAE (0%)
66mg
14mg
5g
0g
1g
38g
0mg (0%)
294mg (12%)
0g (0%)
0g (1%)
2mg (12%)
 

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