Who doesn’t like French Fries or “Craft Beer Fries”? Well, you might say, health conscious people, of course.
What if you can have your fries and drink them, too? Well, now you can! My friend, meet “Craft Beer Fries”.
Last summer, I repeatedly made a whole bunch of deep-fried crisp potato French Fries. So I feel very qualified to tell you that it is possible to “have your fries and drink them, too”. But, I did not get to eat them all – not with a bunch of hungry teenagers around. Of course, to have your fries and drink them, too, you have to use the right recipe.
What is the right recipe? For a Craft Beer Lover, that recipe must include the perfect craft beer, of course. You don’t have that perfect brew on hand? Well, then, maybe any good craft beer will do.
”Good Craft Beer”: An artisan beer that is made with rich taste, heady aroma, and a good body. Hmm, those phrases could be about another subject. [grin]
So, here is what you need before pulling out the kettle to make those Craft Beer Fries you’re already anxious to make:
Do you need an excuse for hot potatoes? Of course not – not with a baked “fried potato” recipe. Sounds like a great afternoon snack to me!
Yes, not just half-baked, but fully baked. That’s what I said – baked all the way. No frying needed. Of course, home brewers or craft beer lovers are eligible to make this recipe. That’s how I qualify. You see, it was late summer and I needed to make French Fries for some teenagers who were so hungry they could eat a … Well, you get the picture.
Enter, The Recipe, the one that the Chef insisted I had to use. It was a summer camp to teach “gourmet” cooking to teenagers and I was a Volunteer. A Volunteer. What was I thinking? I was thinking, “Great food!”
But, deep frying potatoes? Yuck! That was too much for me. Don’t tell the Head Chef! I hope that she is still fooled by the Chardonnay that I put in her… Oh, never mind.
Fried or baked, what’s the difference? One is good and the other can be even better. The choice is up to you, the “Volunteer”.
I had the class cut, “peels on, please”, all the potatoes into evenly shaped and sized pieces. Well, as evenly shaped and sized as a group of raucous teenagers could be forced to cut. Then, I brought out the “secret” ingredient… BEER! Shush. I could get into trouble if the authorities found out about it.
The recipe you’ve been waiting for:
Craft Beer Fries
(Serves 4 as a side dish or 1 – 2 hungry teenagers)
Special thanks to Evan Benn, Beer Columnist at St. Louis Post Dispatch and Author of “Brew in the Lou: St. Louis’ Beer Culture”, for inspiring this article.
Written by David Ivey, Black Bucket Brew Inbox Magazine Editor