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Battered Catfish and Chips

Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
  • Malt vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Cut potatoes into paper-thin slices. Combine potato and water to cover in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Add beer, whisking until smooth. Cover and chill 1 hour, if desired.

  3. Drain potato well. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a heavy skillet; heat to 375°. Fry potato, in 4 batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Keep warm.

  4. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dip fish in batter; carefully add to skillet, and fry, 2 fillets at a time, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Serve with chips and malt vinegar.