Alex's boss just got back from Alaska and brought us some halibut. My sister told me she just had some fabulous beer battered halibut and sweet potato fries, so I thought I'd try her recipe. She gave me a can of beer, so we tried it with ginger ale and with beer to see if we could tell a difference.
1 c. Flour
1/2 teas. Paprika
1/4 teas. Salt
1/8 teas. Pepper
3/4 c. Beer (My sister used a 12 oz. can and said "It's perfect!")
Mix until smooth and deep fry. Smother in chocolate. Just kidding. We did throw some malt vinegar over the fish and loved it. The batter also did well with the sweet potatoes. If you look closely, you can see that in my experimental state I also deep fried some beets. Deep fried beets are not as exciting as one might think.
Alex and I could taste almost no difference, though I thought I could taste a hint of ginger-ale-ness on the fish, which I preferred because I love ginger ale. I think it would be interesting to try a grapefruit soda or sprite.
Can I get kicked out of Mormon Mommy Blogs for this? I have no ethical qualms about using alchohol in cooking, though in this instance it wasn't worth the excitement of denying Grace the "soda" while she asked for it all day. Maybe I should have given her some, because it really was that kind of day.
You are welcome to disagree politely with me in the comments, but at some point I'll probably still buy that rum I've been thinking about to make bananas foster and homemade vanilla.