Gin-infused fish and chips – British Food Fortnight

Manchester House Restaurant chef patron Aiden Byrne
Manchester House Restaurant chef patron Aiden Byrne

British Food Fortnight (September 23 – October 8 2017) is well underway.

People have been going crazy for novel gin recipes. We found this one by renowned Manchester House Restaurant chef patron Aiden Byrne, well…intriguing. He uses cod cheeks and suggests Liverpool Gin and Lamb and Watt tonic for his recipe.
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Manchester House Restaurant chef patron Aiden Byrne
Gin-infused fish and chips
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For the fish
Servings
2
Servings
2
Manchester House Restaurant chef patron Aiden Byrne
Gin-infused fish and chips
Print Recipe
For the fish
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Method
  2. Step 1: Get the batter ready:
  3. Place the coriander seeds into a small pan and toast in the oven for 10 minutes on 160oc.
  4. Pound with a pestle and mortar with the dried lemon zest and the juniper berries and crush to a powder.
  5. Dissolve the fresh yeast with the salt and the tonic water. Whisk in the flour, the crushed botanicals and leave in a covered bowl in a warm area (ideally above an oven to ferment).
  6. The batter will begin to bubble and exude the aromas from the botanicals and yeast.
  7. Step 2: Prepare the chips:
  8. Place the cut chips into a bowl under running water for five minutes to wash the starch off.
  9. Place two litres of cold water in a large saucepan and add the potatoes.
  10. Place the pan over a medium heat and simmer until the chips are almost falling apart (approximately 20 to 30 minutes).
  11. Carefully remove the cooked chips and place them on a cooling rack to dry out.
  12. Place in the freezer for at least one hour to remove more moisture.
  13. Step 3: Pre-frying the chips:
  14. Heat a deep-fat fryer or a deep pan no more than half filled with oil (to a depth of around 10 centimetres) to 130ºc.
  15. Fry the chips in small batches until a light crust forms (approximately five minutes), remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  16. Put the potatoes on a cooling rack and place in the freezer for at least one more hour.
  17. Step 4: Finishing off:
  18. Heat the vegetable oil to 170 degrees C.
  19. Coat the cheeks in the batter and deep fry until golden brown and crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  20. Remove the G&T battered cod with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  21. Next heat the oil in the deep-fat fryer or deep pan to 180ºC and fry the chips until golden (approximately seven minutes).
  22. Drain and sprinkle with sea salt.
  23. Serve with crushed peas and tartar sauce.
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