Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Is Your Batter Better?" Fish & Chips Challenge

Once you've tasted the perfect Fish & Chips the flavors are burned into your flavor receptors forever! Then begins the insatiable desire for deep fried perfection and I can't stop thinking about eating them, until I dust off my Fry Daddy and cook up a batch!

I have a few good recipes for Fish & Chips but I still haven't found the perfect one. So, begins my quest to find the perfect Fish & Chips recipe.

I love eating the crispy, hot and succulent morsels of deep fried goodness but I still haven't found a batter that I can stick with for any length of time. Do you have what it takes to sooth my taste for the perfect Fish & Chips batter? Here's your chance to shine. It's time to link up your most famous Fish & Chips Recipes for the 2011 Fish & Chips Challenge!

Over the course of the next few months I'll prepare each entry and decide who's Batter is Better. The winner will receive bragging rights and a special winners badge to post on their blog. I can't wait to get into the kitchen to whip up your best recipes.

Is Your Batter Better?" Challenge 2011 is on!

Challenge rules include:
  • Link your favorite Fish & Chip recipes to this post, share the challenge badge on your blog, with a link back to my site. Over the next six months, I'll taste test each submission to see who's recipe reigns supreme!
  • Send a photo and your recipe to me at: so I can post all of the entries at the end of the contest with links back to your sites.

  • Tell me all about your favorite family or restaurant recipe or one you've made using a famous chef's recipe. Share anecdotes or fond food memories about eating Fish & Chips, or even write a poem!

My favorite Fish & Chips recipe...thus far!

2 pounds frozen or fresh Cod, Halibut or Sea bass fillets
2 cups flour plus 1/2 cup for dusting
1 bottle Amber Beer
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds large russet potatoes
1 gallon vegetable or peanut oil for deep fryer

I use either Cod Fillets, Halibut or Sea Bass when making Fish & Chips. Cod and Halibut are much more affordable for a large family or dinner party so I generally steer in that direction, but given the right amount of cash flow Sea Bass is my first choice.

Heat oil in a large deep fryer or other heavy sauce pan until oil smokes then lower heat slightly

Cut russet potatoes into shoe string slices using a mandolin or sharp knife, deep fry until golden brown, place in a 300 degree oven on a large baking sheet, Do Not Add Salt to the fries until ready to serve. Salt will make your fries limp and no one wants to eat a limp fry!

Rinse and dry fish fillets with a paper towel, season both sides with salt and pepper, set aside. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, add 1 bottle beer, milk and egg and mix thoroughly, cut fish fillet's into 4-5 inch portions and dust dry fillet's in 1/2 cup flour.

Cook filet's in small batches (3 or 4 pieces). Using tongs, dip floured fillet's in batter and place in fryer, swish the each fillet in the hot oil for one second so they won't stick to the fry basket or bottom of sauce pan. Cook until golden brown.

Salt Chips and serve

My family can't agree on condiments so I serve my Fish & Chips with Ketchup, Malt Vinegar, Tarter and Cocktail Sauce, that way everyone is happy!

Tarter Sauce
1 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 cup Sweet Relish
salt and pepper to taste

Cocktail Sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Now it's your turn....I can't wait to taste your Fish & Chips

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  1. hello rebecka,
    I welcome you to Follow my news site.
    I will be very Delighited to have you over there.
    You can watch daily news on your fellow bloggers and know about daily blog marathons.
    your fish and chips challenge is good thought, can I spread this word through my FOOD blog new?

  2. Hi DD, I stopped by and followed your blog today! Thank you for the offer to spread the word about my challenge...I would really appreciate the exposure, I would also like it if you'd cook your favorite Fish & Chips recipe and link up! I'm betting you have a great recipe! I really appreciate the sharing of blog info and would be happy to post your blog badge on my site as well. Have a great day!!

  3. It seems to be flavor of the season. The way you have mentioned the recipe it sounded great and after taste, I think it will be just greater.
    Frozen at Sea cod

  4. This looks so good!! I would be happy to taste test!

    I'm stopping by from this week's Super Stalker Sunday hop! Thanks for participating! I hope you'll join us again next week and I hope you'll stop by and visit me if you haven't already!
    Mariah, Formula Mom

  5. Hi Rebecka, I was just wondering about your Fish & Chips about two weeks ago! Fish & Chips are my kids favourite! I do not have a favourite recipe at the moment, will source round for it and will be back!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Wow, this looks so darn yummy!! I have to try it! Thanks for linking up with me from Super Stalk Sunday :) New follower.

  7. Hi!

    This post makes me wish I had a fish & chips recipe! Yum...might have to have that for lunch today!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Super Stalker Sunday hop. Hope you'll be able to join us again next week!

    Your Co-Host,
    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  8. Welcome new followers from SSS. It's so nice to meet you all! If I haven't already followed you I promise to stop by this weekend and make it happen!

    Hi Joy, I'm looking forward to seeing your recipe link. I need my first entry to get the challenge rolling...xoxo

  9. Hi Rebecka!! I'm stopping by from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! Thanks so much for linking up with us and for posting our button!!

    Let me tell you...that fish and chips you have posted here looks sooo good! I've not got a recipe for batter but yours looks so goldeny and crispy! Yummm makes me hungry! :)

    Anyway, thanks again for joining us for some Sunday Stalking! Be sure to come join us again next weekend!!

    Have a great afternoon,
    Kortney's Krazy Life

    Ooooo! I almost forgot! I added your button to my "blog love" tab! I love recipe blogs and so I added yours!! :)

  10. Following you from Super Stalker Sunday Blog Hop

    Please follow me back if you get the chance Taz's Journey

  11. I am following you from Super Stalker Sunday! Thanks so much for linking up! Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you back next week for more "stalking"! :)

    April @ Mama on a Green Mission

  12. hi, new follower from super stalker sunday hop. would love for you to visit my blog and follow back if you like.

  13. Hi Rebecka,
    The Challenge is on! I've submitted my version of Fish and Chips! Have fun and enjoy trying it out! :)
    Have a nice day!

  14. This I have to take part in! I grew up eating fish n chips from my local chippy back in Scotland and lets just say that when I go back home to visit family, I head to the chippy before I do anything else, it's just that important. I have tried a few recipes but like you they havent really rocked my boat so I will enter one to your challenge and see what you think!
    Great idea...

  15. Joy, Thank you so much for being my first entry in the challenge! I'm really looking forward to trying your recipe!! xo

    Foodness, I can hear your accent and feel your love of fish and chips in your comment. I would head straight to the Chippy too if I had the opportunity. To taste the authentic version of fish and chips would be a happy moment for me. Can't wait to see your recipe!!


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