Beer-Battered Fries

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Beer-Battered Fries

Who doesn’t love crispy, salty french fries? But sometimes, you want something a little bit different – and that’s where beer-battered fries come in.

When you think of pub food, beer-battered fries are probably up there at the top of the list. And for good reason – they’re delicious!

This recipe is simple to make and perfect for a party or game day get-together. So pull out your fryer or Dutch oven and get cooking!

Beer-Battered Fries

Beer-Battered Fries are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and smothered in beer and spices.

I’ll be honest – I used to rely on frozen fries. When I first started cooking at home, frozen fries were an easy side dish to burgers & sandwiches.

But recently, I started making homemade fries, and wow – I will never buy frozen fries again! These may take longer than the “spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes” method, but they are so worth it.

While I was making these Beer-Battered Fries, I learned 3 simple rules that can help all of us first timers.

1. You don’t need a deep fryer or thermometer. You can use them if you have them of course, but you can just as well use a heavy-bottomed dutch oven or pot like this one that I have instead, with a handheld strainer for removing the fries.

As for the thermometer, you can instead use a cube of bread to check the temperature of your oil. For this recipe, your oil should be about 375 degrees. Drop a cube of bread in the oil, and if it browns in 30 seconds, it’s ready!

2. You can do some prepping ahead of time. Fries definitely aren’t a make-ahead dish, but there are a few things that you can do to early in the day to prep.

First, you can peel and slice your potatoes and just put them in a bowl of cold water. This will keep them from turning pink.

Second, you can combine all of the spices you’ll need in a storage container until it’s time to use them. For this recipe, I combined the flour and spices a day ahead to save time, and I peeled and sliced my potatoes early in the morning.

3. Don’t crowd your pot. This one is simple – when adding potatoes to your fryer or pot, the temperature of the oil will drop. The same thing happens when adding pasta to boiling water: the water temporarily stops boiling because the pasta brings its temperature down.

If you’re in a rush, you may think, “I’ll put a bunch of fries in the oil at once to speed this up,” but this actually slows down the cook time.

The oil loses too much heat and it won’t cook the fries until the heat comes back up, so that batch of fries will take longer to cook than it would have if it was split it in two.

There you have it – 3 tips for first time fry cookers! For me, making homemade fries seemed like a daunting task, but once I did it and realized how easy it was, I felt so relieved! One more dish checked off my list of cooking fears! Now it’s your turn

What to serve with Beer-Battered Fries

Beer-Battered Fries are a delicious and unique twist on a classic dish. When served with the right accompaniments, they can make a great addition to any meal.

  • One option is to serve them with a variety of dipping sauces. Ketchup, ranch dressing, and honey mustard are all popular choices.
  • Another option is to top the fries with shredded cheese, bacon bits, or chopped green onions.
  • Or, for a heartier meal, Beer-Battered Fries can be served alongside grilled chicken or fish.

No matter how they are served, Beer-Battered Fries are sure to be a hit!

Beer-Battered Fries

How to make Beer-Battered Fries

  1. Add vegetable oil to a deep fryer or large pot over medium heat, and heat to 375 degrees, or until a cube of bread browns within 30 seconds.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and cayenne. Add beer and whisk to combine. In 4-6 batches of 10-15 fries each, add fries to bowl and use tongs to coat in beer batter. Drip off any excess batter and gently drop fries into pot. Cook 3-4 minutes until golden or brown (depending on your preference). Using a handheld strainer, remove to a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat until all fries are cooked.
  3. Place fries in serving dish and, if desired, top with parsley and more salt to taste. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Yield: 1

Beer-Battered Fries

Beer-Battered Fries

Who doesn't love a good fry? Thick, golden and crispy, they're the perfect addition to any meal. And while you might think that fries are best served with ketchup or ranch dressing, we've got a delicious twist on this classic dish that will have you coming back for more. So why not give them a try today? We promise you won't be disappointed!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil*
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp fine salt, plus more to taste
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ¾ cup beer**
  • 4 medium-large russet potatoes. peeled and thinly sliced
  • fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add vegetable oil to a deep fryer or large pot over medium heat, and heat to 375 degrees, or until a cube of bread browns within 30 seconds.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and cayenne. Add beer and whisk to combine. In 4-6 batches of 10-15 fries each, add fries to bowl and use tongs to coat in beer batter. Drip off any excess batter and gently drop fries into pot. Cook 3-4 minutes until golden or brown (depending on your preference). Using a handheld strainer, remove to a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat until all fries are cooked.
  3. Place fries in serving dish and, if desired, top with parsley and more salt to taste. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

*The amount of vegetable oil depends on what type of pot you're using. I used a 3 quart pot with an entire 48 oz bottle of vegetable oil. If you're using a large dutch oven, you may need more oil to completely immerse your fries.**I've used Blue Moon (Belgian White Ale) and Laughing Lab (Scottish Red Ale).

Nutrition Information

Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 526Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 636mgCarbohydrates 97gFiber 9gSugar 4gProtein 12g

FAQ and Tips

Beer-battered fries are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed at home or out at a restaurant. While they may seem like a complicated dish to prepare, they are actually quite simple. The key to making perfect beer-battered fries is to start with high-quality ingredients and to follow the instructions carefully. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a good quality beer. A dark beer will give the fries a rich flavor, while a lighter beer will result in a lighter batter.
  • Be sure to coat the potatoes evenly with batter. If the batter is too thick, it will not adhere properly to the potatoes.
  • Do not overcrowd the fryer. This will result in uneven cooking and soggy fries.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy delicious beer-battered fries any time!

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