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Beer Batter Fish with Crunchy Chips

This delicious recipe comes to us from South Melbourne Seafoods & Georgie’s Harvest and has us dreaming of summer.

2 teaspoons olive oil
225g (1 ½ cups) self-raising flour
1 egg, lightly whisked
375ml (1 ½ cups) chilled light beer
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
8 (about 120g each) flake fish fillets
Vegetable oil, to deep-fry fish
1.2 kg of Royal Blue, King Edward or Russett Burbank potatoes*
1 litre of peanut or vegetable oil to cook chips
* See Georgie’s Harvest for advice on the best potatoes in season now.

Place flour in a bowl. Add the egg and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in the beer until batter is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and place in the fridge
for 30 minutes to rest. Add enough vegetable oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 8cm. Heat to 190°C over high heat (when oil is ready a cube of bread will turn golden brown in 10 seconds). Dip 2 pieces of fish, 1 at a time, into batter to coat. Drain off excess. Deep-fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and cooked. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with remaining fish and batter, reheating oil between batches.

Cut potatoes into 2cm thick slices. Cut each slice into 2cm thick chips. Place potato in a large colander. Rinse under cold running water for 2 minutes to remove excess starch. Place potato in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until just tender. Transfer to a tray. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until cold. Heat oil in a saucepan or deep-fryer (if using a deep-fryer, heat oil to 180°C). Cook potato, in 3 batches, for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Serve with sea salt.

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