I had a slight obsession with deep fried gherkins a while back.
I blame a restaurant in Bristol, UK. We used to go there quite a bit before we made our move to Canada. They introduced me to the world of deep fried vegetables. Turning something healthy into something oh so delicious.
I have made beer battered fish and chips before, so this ‘beer battered courgette fries’ recipe takes the same basic ingredients. Beer, flour and seasoning. Simple as that.
I had a little leftover mixture, so I made some onion rings too following the same steps as the recipe below. I think onion rings are my absolute favourite thing ever.
I served the fries with homemade falafel burgers. I was going to post the recipe for these too, however, for some reason I can never seem to get my falafel crispy (it always goes mushy and falls apart in the pan). As good as they still tasted, I thought I would hold out with that recipe until I can find the magical solution.
(And if anyone knows the secret of how you can stop your falafel falling apart in the pan I would love to hear from you!)
The Recipe: Beer Battered Courgette Fries
Makes enough for 4 side servings (about one plate of fries)
Total time = 15 minutes
What you will need:
- 2 courgettes
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup beer
- Salt and Pepper
- Oil for frying
- Chop the courgettes into wedges, as in picture below:
- Sprinkle a little of the flour over the courgettes so they are lightly dusted.
- Season the rest of the flour with salt and pepper. Mix the flour with the beer. You want to have a paste a similar thickness to pancake mix. Use more beer if necessary.
- Heat up a frying pan with a generous amount of oil (around 1cm deep oil)
- When the pan is hot, dip the courgettes into the batter mix and fry until golden brown.
- Remove from the pan and leave to rest on a plate covered with kitchen roll for a minute (to soak up any excess oil)
- Season with extra seasoning as desired.
- Serve and enjoy!