Beer battered cod and banter in Bray! That’s all coming up in episode two of the Adventures of a Food Truck series, aptly titled On the Batter. Marcus and Katie continue their food journey, filling in the blank cookbook with Strong Roots illustrated recipes. This time, the pair find themselves looking out on the Dublin coastline, hooked into cooking beer battered cod while getting up to all sorts of mischief. No surprise there!
After Marcus’ failed fishing attempt in Dun Laoghaire harbour, they visit George’s Fish Shop and decide upon the classic cod as their fish of choice, finding time to annoy a seal before bopping along to Bray to see a wise gypsy brewer.
Shane, the brewer, guides the pair through the beer batter process using American Stout, which gives off the combined flavours of fruit, chocolate, and roast. The two enlighten the viewers as to why the beer is so good with the batter. It’s all about the bubbles, as the carbon aerates the batter making it lovely and light. A stout, while being a heavier beer, with a few bubbles will still pack a punch of flavour.
As they start making the beer battered cod and Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes, Marcus takes it upon himself to check the stout is up to scratch. A few swigs later, they leave the food to cook for 20 minutes and tear up Bray town. Once cooked, they recline on the pier, munching on a delicious plate of beer battered cod and Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes, watching a majestic whale bask in the Irish sea…
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And if you found their Fish on the Batter appetising, take a look at the recipe below and try to make it at home!
Fish on the Batter Recipe:
Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
8 Cod Fillets
1 Bottle of Beer
1 Beaten Egg
125g Plain Flour
2 tbsp. Paprika
2 tbsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tsp. Sea Salt
Put the Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes in the oven for 23 – 25 mins at 200 °C. Combine the dry ingredients & coat the fish.
Mix the beer and egg to make a thin batter. Dip the coated fish in the batter and fry in pre-heated oil until golden brown.
Remove the Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes from the oven and plate up with the fish along with a wedge of lemon.