The next big dinner with the folks is coming up, and I wanted to try something new. I looked in my cupboards and refrigerator for inspiration, but sadly, it was just before grocery shopping day. What I did see was an abundance of apples and a few bottles of Ithaca Pale Ale and Guinness draught.
And it got me to thinking how occasionally, we just want something to eat that just isn’t good for us at all. Pizza (dip), tacos, fries, beer, whatever. And sometimes, we want to eat something that’s bad for us and pretend it’s healthy somehow. Ice cream does have milk after all. And potato chips were once potatoes. Well, in keeping with that line of thought, I offer Beer Battered Apple Fries.
Beer Battered Apple Fries
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 12-oz bottle of beer (I used Guinness)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Whisk the ingredients together. Feel free to throw in a little more flour if the consistency is too thin. Slice 4 medium or 3 large apples into decent frie size (think fast food fries). coat with flour.
Heat 3-4 inches of oil in a medium pot or deep pan. Throw the flour-coated apple sticks into the batter and mix them around with your hands. Then, when the oil is snapping, put the battered apples in the oil carefully. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
The oil should be deep enough to cover the slices when they go in, but if it isn’t turn them over about halfway through. Drain with paper towels.
They taste like apple fritters, or apple cider donuts.
While you may or may not offer these to the kids (because of the beer), they’re certainly good for entertaining friends and family. For a kid-friendly option, substitute the beer with apple juice or orange juice or Dr. Pepper.
Harmony Brush is a current Lesley University graduate student living in Rochester, NY. She loves people and writing.