Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beer Battered Veggies

Had this on my mind for a long time, and finally whipped up a beer batter and
fried some veggies!

It's a pretty straightforward recipe,
but I'll write it down here anyway, just in case you need a not too healthy snack idea...

first, the batter:

-1 egg (stirred)
-1 cup of beer (any kind you like)
- 1 1/4 cup of flour
- 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon of oil

The seasoning doesn't really matter, you can use something else if you like,
just remember to add salt if that's not in your seasoning already.
Also, you can start by stirring in 1 cup of flour, then add enough extra flour so your batter
is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.

Now, an unappetizing batter picture for your viewing pleasure:

Second step would be to cut your veggies and heat your oil.
I used sunflower oil.
Don't have a thermometer, so I waited until I figured the oil would be hot enough,
and then tested it by dropping a little piece of vegetable into the oil,
if it sizzles and bubbles, then you're good to go!

Make sure you've cut all your veggies before you start, 
also, have a colander ready, with kitchen paper, so you have a place to let
your vegetables rest after the deep frying.

First, I did a test run with halved white button mushrooms and
thick rings of red onion;
this is what I got after about 4 minutes:

Next up was my "real" batch of beer battered vegetables,
it's three slices of eggplant at the top left, 4 slices of zucchini at the bottom left
and again a small pile of white button mushrooms (cut in half).

Btw: the sauce (in both pictures) is a mixture of 3 tablespoons of mayo, 1 tablespoon of ketchup, 
some cognac and some salt and pepper.
This was a nice sauce, but any sauce would do of course,
just make sure you have some sauce for dipping!

Oh, and btw number two:
Next time I'll definitely make more onion rings and eggplant slices, those were the best!

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