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We just did a virtual tour of the United Kingdom with our Potstickers kids cooking club and they learned all about “chippies,” also known as Chip Shops. They are restaurants that specialize in Fish and Chips. You will find this tasty combo all over London, not only in chip shops, but in bars, hotel restaurants, and even wrapped in newspaper from street vendors. It’s a BIG deal! The fish is typically a white flaky fish like haddock or cod. The chips are actually potato wedges (fries), all served with malt vinegar to give it a nice tang, and sometimes in a newspaper cone so you can take it on the go!
The beautiful thing about food and what keeps us doing what we do, is that food connects us to each other. It allows us to explore the world where under normal circumstances, it may not be feasible. It brings families together and allows them to share in those experiences.
We have a deep connection with Fish n’ Chips. Although we have never been to London, this very popular dish in the United Kingdom has always been part of us as a couple and family.
My man makes the best Fish n’ Chips y’all.
When Buckaroo and I met, he was taking an International Cuisine class and had to make Fish n’ Chips as an assignment. He brought me his “practice plate.” It was SO DELICIOUS, and the first dish he ever cooked for me. Since then, we have incorporated it into our monthly family meals, and Buckaroo knows if he ever asks me if I have a special request for dinner…8 times out of 10 its his fish and chips.
So what’s his secret? Why is his so special? I have a biased opinion so don’t ask me. I did ask him though. Here’s what he said:
“The batter (for the fish) is EVERYTHING. For the perfect fish n’ chips you want the batter to be light, crispy, and flavorful. That’s it. That’s the secret.”
2lbs fresh Cod fillets
1Tbsp. Lemon zest
1c. All purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Instant Yeast
2tsp Kosher Salt
1tsp Black Pepper
1tsp Garlic Powder
2c. Brown Beer
6-8 red potatoes (You can us whatever potaotes you would like. I personally like sweet potatoes with mine. To make wedges use about 4 big, sturdy baking potatoes.)
Oil, for frying
All Purpose flour, for dredging
- Cut your potatoes into desired fries or wedges. Wash and pat them dry. Set aside. **We don’t peel ours. We like them with the skin on, but it’s completely up to you!**
- Season the fish with salt and pepper.
- In a glass bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth and set aside. Don’t overmix. You want the beer bubbles. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- In a deep heavy pot, heat oil to 375.
- Lightly dredge each piece of fish in flour. Shake off excess flour, as you want a very thin coat. This will keep the batter in place when you fry it.
- Fry up your chips to desired crispness, and set aside on paper towels to catch excess oil.
- Fry fish until golden, 7-10 minutes depending on how thick your fillets are. Drain on paper towels.
- Give it a few shakes of salt, and serve with malt vinegar or tartar sauce!
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Have you ever had a great plate of fish and chips? Tell me where in the comments!