One of these two will be the only beer batter recipe
you'll ever want. One "cheater" recipe, one from scratch, both perfect
for deep frying seafood, chicken nuggets, or crunchy vegetables. The beer contributes a nice, yeasty flavor. It's the stuff
that gives fish and chips that "wow" factor.
A favorite around my house is Beer Batter Onion Rings on lazy
Sunday afternoons. Add friends and family, mulled wine, and a movie to the mix
for a wonderfully laid back occasion. Or serve beer and watch the big game for
a not-so-laid-back afternoon. Batter up!
For a party size recipe just double it.
1 cup baking mix (like Bisquick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup beer
Oil for frying
Salt to taste
Combine baking mix, salt and egg. Slowly add the beer and stir
until blended. Coat foods thoroughly with the batter and deep fry until
golden brown. Drain on paper toweling, salting lightly if necessary.
This is the recipe I always use for onion rings, so I'll just put the batter and onion rings recipes together for you. You'll be surprised at the pile of onion rings this makes. It's a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 12-ounce beer (1 1/2 cups)
3-4 large onions (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste
Mix the flour, salt, pepper, oil and eggs together in a medium-large size bowl. Pour in the beer and whisk until thoroughly combined and lump-free.
Peel the onions and slice them into about 3/8" thick rounds. Separate the rings.
Dip the rings in the batter, shaking off any excess, and fry in batches in
hot (375°) oil until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Turn and continue frying
for another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are golden brown. Remove and drain on
paper towels. Salt to taste.