Budweiser is one of the most advertised brand names for beer. Since today marks the map with a celebration for beer we also wanted to join in and celebrate. National Beer Day! A great way for all cooks to participate in this gala is to prepare tonight’s meal with some beer. Beer has been popular in batters for ages in America, Russia and Europe. The basic beer batter recipe contains only flour, beer and salt. Using Budweiser beer in this recipe will add new flavor to fried foods, add a slight color and give the batter a light body that will fry evenly over its various coated food surfaces.
Budweiser beer’s brewery was established in 1852 by Eberhard Anheuser. The company name was Anheuser & Co. Eberhard was actually a soap manufacturer and knew nothing about brewing beer. In 1864, his son in law, Adolphus Busch joined the company and the name was changed once again to that which we are familiar with: Anheuser-Busch. Over the years this corporation has grown to be huge in the beer brewery industry. Budweiser beer was actually the first brand of beer to become national. Despite their size they do give back to the community. They are major supporters of the military dating back to the civil war.
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 12 ounces of Budweiser beer
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon of Louisiana hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Oil for frying
- Preheat deep fryer to 365′.
- In a large mixing bowl add the can or bottle of Budweiser beer.
- Add all the seasonings, hot sauce, oil and the beaten eggs into the beer and whisk well.
- Using a flour sifter slowly add the flour to the beer bowl and whisk as you go.
- The batter will have a smooth but thick consistency.
- Quickly dredge or dip the foods to be fried, into the beer batter, coating each piece well.
- Allow excess to drip off and add to hot oil.
- Cook until outer coating is a golden brown color.
- Remove food from deep fryer baskets and transfer them to a paper towel lined platter.
- Then place on a dinner platter and set at the table to serve.
- Use a large frying pan if a deep fryer is not available. Just remember that it will take a little extra cooking time using this method.
- Any name brand beer will work with this recipe. The color and flavor of the batter will be adjusted depending on the type of beer used.
- Beer battered onion rings: Slice 3 large sweet onions into rings, then dip in batter and fry till golden brown.
- Cooking times will vary greatly. Pickles, peppers and tomatoes will only take 8-15 seconds to fry; broccoli and cauliflower can take between 2-6 minutes and chicken legs, depending on the size range from French fries, fish filets, chicken (drumsticks, wings, nuggets or tenders), clams, shrimp and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini sticks, Swiss chard stems and string beans), pickles, peppers and tomatoes 12-15 minutes.
- For those who prefer not to use beer in their batter substitute it with buttermilk.
- Reminder that the beer added to the batter has alcohol in it. That alcohol will evaporate out during the cooking process.
- Never leave the deep fryer or frying pan unattended while frying with oil.
- When cooking is done allow the oil to cool. Pour it into a metal or heavy plastic lidded container. Place container in the refrigerator until you can dispose of the oil on the next trash day. Refrigerating the container will remove the scent of used oil from lingering.