Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beer Battered Fish And Chips

Pepper has been used as a spice in India since prehistoric times. Pepper is native to India and has been known to Indian cooking since at least 2000 BCE. J. Innes Miller notes that while pepper was grown in southern Thailand and in Malaysia, its most important source was India, particularly the Malabar Coast, in what is now the state of Kerala. Peppercorns were a much prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money. The term "peppercorn rent" still exists today.

The ancient history of black pepper is often interlinked with (and confused with) that of long pepper, the dried fruit of closely related Piper longum. The Romans knew of both and often referred to either as just "piper". In fact, it was not until the discovery of the New World and of chile peppers that the popularity of long pepper entirely declined. Chile peppers, some of which when dried are similar in shape and taste to long pepper, were easier to grow in a variety of locations more convenient to Europe.

After the Middle Ages, virtually all of the black pepper found in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa was from India's Malabar region. By the 16th century, due to the Portuguese influence, pepper was also being grown in Java, Sunda, Sumatra, Madagascar, Malaysia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, but these areas traded mainly with China, or used the pepper locally. Ports in the Malabar area also served as a stop off point for much of the trade in other spices from farther east in the Indian Ocean.

Black pepper, along with other spices from India and lands farther east, changed the course of world history. It was in some part the preciousness of these spices that led to the Portuguese efforts to find a sea route to India during the age of discovery and consequently to the Portuguese colonial occupation of that country, as well as the European discovery and colonization of the Americas. 
By http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pepper#History


Beer Battered Fish And Chips
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into strips
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups flour
1 (12 oz) bottle beer
3 large potatoes, cut into wedges or cut into strips
vegetable, for frying

Directions:
In large bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of flour and beer, stir well. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic powder. Season fish with salt and pepper. Dip fish in beer batter, then dip fish in remaining 1/2 cup flour. Place fish in hot oil. Fry fish for 4 minutes. Remove fish to a paper towel line dish, to drain. Serve with french fries or baked potato wedges. Enjoy!

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33 comments:

  1. You did get good results with very few ingredients. I am used to using milk and eggs in batter, but this looks like it is well worth a try-so crispy.

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  2. I love catfish,looks perfectly cook :)
    Ridwan

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  3. Fish and Chips is a staple in South Africa where I am from. We used to call them "slap" chips - which means really floppy chips - very different to North American fried potatoes. :)

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  4. It's an open secret that I "the vegetarian" like fish and chips a lot...but only a few times a year. :) That looks delish!

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  5. I am a HUGE fan of freshly ground black pepper. I could never understand why Chef Anne Burrell doesn't like it. However, it's gotta be freshly ground...makes all the difference in the world!

    I wish I could indulge in the fish!

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  6. The fish and chips look delicious! Great recipe!

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  7. Yummy!! One of my favorite comfort foods. Can't beat fried anything for comfort hehe

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  8. Will have some of that , please ? :D Haven't eaten fish and chips for a while :P

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  9. Christine, this would be delish with your Fancy Green Beans! (My hubby got one serving of them... I ate the rest!) Thanks for a great fish batter recipe!

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  10. I love fish and chips! Great recipe, Christine!

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  11. Mmm, looks so good. You know I love me some fish n chips. This is a lovely recipe.

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  12. Hi Ann,

    I wish you could indulge in the fish. It was awesome!

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  13. Beer batter is easy and realy great for frying..Also chips:)
    Great story about pepper;)

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  14. This dish looks super delicious.

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  15. Hi Kimby,

    Glad you all liked the fancy green beans. Thanks for the feedback. :-)

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  16. Though I am aware of beer and battered fish, I have not tried until today. Thanks for the lovely outcome recipe and reminding me that I should try out one soon.

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  17. Sounds yummy--love the beer batter!

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  18. I love fish and chips! Been a while since I've had some. Thanks for sharing Christine, looks delicious! =]

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  19. I think this might be the best history yet!

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  20. That's right Pepper is widely used in Indian preparation and fresh coarsely pepper tastes wonderful. Your beer battered fish looks lovely.

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  21. I enjoy battered fish and I really enjoy the flavor of beer battered fish. And no not for the beer, but I really enjoy the subtle sweetness of the beer and the crunch of the battered fish. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of pepper too!

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  22. Ahh fish and chips! A classic! Always my fall back meal... there is just something so satisfying about fish and chips! Looks delicious!

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  23. Thank you all for the warm comments. I love you all.

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  24. What an informative post on Pepper! You have done a great deal of research, and I enjoyed reading it:)

    I have heard of the beer fish & chips before too, but never got around to trying it myself :-P

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  25. Must try a beer batter the next time I fry fish. Frying with a batter rather than a cornmeal/flour coating does yield a better crust.

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  26. Looks delish, Christine. Another home run!

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  27. Always enjoy fish and chips. Will have to try using beer in my batter next time.

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  28. Nothing goes better with Fish and Chips than beer! What a delicious idea ... I might have to try this out this weekend! :)

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  29. Beer Battered Fish - Reminiscent of the Friday night fish fries in my hometown.... Love it!

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  30. Your post is excellent the work you put into research is amazing and you can not beat beer battered fish and chips. (From a Englishman)Well done.

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  31. This looks great--I might have to use halibut, though, otherwise known as the official fish 'n' chips fish of Alaska!

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  32. Wow, more frying and more seafood... can't go wrong! Comfort food plus.

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