I recently realized that I have read waaaaay too many books and written too many posts that have something to do with England! Check it out:
- The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – takes place in England
- NW by Zadie Smith – takes place in England
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding – all the kids are British
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Book Thought – describes Universal’s theme park which is based on the book which takes place in England
- The Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour – actually IN England, about 40 minutes from London
Honestly, and all of these posts happened within a month! Totally by accident as well!
But it did give me some inspiration. . . I decided to try to make the famous British pub meal of fish and chips. I used this recipe, but have altered it to fit my needs (and what I could find at the grocery store!!!).
- Prep: 25 min
- Inactive: 30 min
- Cook: 10 min
- Yield: 4 servings (I made it for 2 instead)
- Vegetable oil, for deep frying
- 4 large russet potatoes (I used 2 since there were 2 of us only)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 (12-ounce) can soda water (I used beer instead)
- 1/2 cup rice flour, for dredging (Couldn’t find it! So I used regular flour)
- 2 (8-ounce) cod or haddock fillets, cut in 1/2 on an angle (Waaaah, could only find tilapia in Denver)
- Malt vinegar, for serving
- Tartar Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chopped capers
- 1 tablespoon chopped cornichons
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Dash hot sauce
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Chill before serving to let the flavors marry. Yields about 1 1/4 cups
Directions (I altered these to fit what I actually did!)
The first thing I did was make the tartar sauce.
The original recipe had me frying my potatoes, but I baked mine to make them just a little healthier. I cut them into thick, fry-like chunks, put some olive oil, salt, and pepper on them, and baked them in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes.
Heat 3-inches of the oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Alternately, heat 3-inches of oil in a deep pot. (This is what I did since I don’t have a fryer)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and egg. Pour in the soda water and whisk to a smooth batter. Spread the rice flour on a plate. Dredge the fish pieces in the rice flour and then dip them into the batter, letting the excess drip off.
Put the chips in the bottom of the fryer basket and carefully submerge in the hot oil. Carefully wave the battered fish into the bubbling oil before dropping them in on top of the chips. Fry the fish and chips for 4 to 5 minutes until crispy and brown. Remove the basket and drain the fish and chips on paper towels; season lightly with salt.
The meal was a success! Quoting my husband, he said “This was even better than the fish and chips we had in London!”
The fries were baked perfectly, and were a little healthier since they weren’t fried. The tartar sauce was good (although I’d add a little bit more hot sauce next time). And the fish, oh my goodness, it melted in your mouth! In general, I’m a crappy chef, but I can confidently say that this meal was delicious!
What foreign dish have you made that was a success?
Thanks for reading,