Fish 'n' Chips
We embellished upon this English fast food with a yeast dough and thrice cooked sweet potato fries!
Fish and Chips with Sweet Potato Fries
At the Byrd House we love a good ‘fish fry’ with french fries, hush puppies and all the fixings. Yet, there was another fried fish tradition we wanted to try – English Fish ‘n’ Chips. A special yeast batter, combined with paleo friendly sweet potatoes, topped off with a tangy tarter sauce, promised a tasty meal. The Byrd House Paleo twist to this English tradition turned out to be a new Byrd House favorite!
The British ‘chippy’ shops trend toward haddock or cod and sometimes plaice (a type of flounder), in their fish n chips, but we decided on Orange Roughy which is a nice white fish that is available frozen at Publix for a decent price.
For the traditional beer batter we employed instant yeast for a good rise and egg yolks for golden color. For our chips, we opted for paleo-friendly thrice-cooked sweet potatoes. First, we parboiled and shocked the sweet potatoes, followed by a short initial fry and a rest. After we fried our fish, we coated the chips with the remaining batter and rolled the battered chips in gluten-free panko mix. Our chips were marvelously crispy with a soft, sweet center.
- 1.5 cups gluten-free flour
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/4 tbsp salt
- 12 oz. beer
- 2 egg yolks
Mix the Batter
- In large bowl combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar.
- Whisk in enough beer to obtain thick consistency to the batter.
- Whisk in the egg yolks.
- Let the batter rest for 15-30 minutes to allow the yeast to work.
Triple Cooked Fries
We tripled cooked our sweet potato fries. My Goodness! They were they tasty. We fried the potatoes three ways – straight, then dipped in the fish batter, and finally battered and dipped in gluten-free panko. Holy Cow! The panko-battered fries were unbelievable – crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside.
Tangy Tarter Sauce
Our tarter sauce was based on homemade immersion blender mayonnaise with chopped gherkins and capers.