pumpkin beer-battered oven fries
You may be wondering why I made a crazy French fry creation instead of a crazy meatloaf creation. This recipe will be featured in a future meatloaf recipe. But I want to expand my culinary knowledge to beyond meatloaf and baked goods like the breads, pop tarts, hot pockets, pastas, and cereal I have made in the past. I have learned that as time goes on, there's a natural need to branch out the content on your YouTube channel beyond what your original idea was.
Be on the lookout for further details in the coming days in my "October Announcements" video.
Future French fry creations may or may not be an ingredient in a subsequent meatloaf. I plan on making a second show on the Meatloaf Princess channel about making crazy French fry creations. The working title is "French Fry Princess". Rest assured, I still will be making meatloaf creations as well.
But why fries? I got my inspiration from the wide variety of syrups available on the Internet(ex. cucumber syrup, bacon syrup). These type of syrups are usually used by bartenders in making alcoholic cocktails and sometimes by baristas in making coffee drinks. I get my inspiration from the weirdest places.
Apparently pumpkin beer is a thing and so is the fact you can only by beer in six-packs at a supermarket(even though I only need one or two bottles for this recipe). Yes I am old enough to drink beer legally but due to the medications I am on, it is not advised to drink alcohol, which is why I only drink wine on my birthday and holidays.
According to my dad(who is not a chef), I probably shouldn't be cooking with alcohol either. He thought this recipe would get me drunk! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Even my grandma agrees. Alcohol cooks out(usually) in high temperatures, which is why it is safe to give a kid a bowl of Penne a la Vodka.
A couple of weeks ago, I learned this whole pumpkin spice craze this time of year is associated with "basic" white girls, like myself apparently.
I couldn't find a baked beer-battered fries recipe online. The closest thing I found to it was a baked beer-battered onion rings recipe. But I think I know why people don't make baked beer-battered fries: it's a messy and time-consuming process to dip the naked fries in beer batter and coat them with panko breadcrumbs. The beer batter has a lot in common with the pinata I(read: my mom) had to make for my 8th grade Spanish class: paper mache and beer batter sticks to your fingers.
But why baked beer-battered fries instead of fried fries? I don't have a deep fryer at home and I didn't think at the time of pan frying the fries. Plus baked food is healthier than fried food.
For this recipe anyway, you can't have loaded fries(a dish of French fries with toppings) without canned pumpkin. Spoiler alert: canned pumpkin is bland without spices. So are panko breadcrumbs. Cinnamon/allspice and potatoes aren't a very good food combination without some sort of sugar like ketchup or honey.
You will need:
For the cooking vessels:
2 lasagna pans
Nonstick cooking spray
A large bowl
2 medium bowls
A cutting board
A pastry brush
For the fries:
1 cup of pumpkin beer
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp. of salt
1 tbsp. of cinnamon
1/2 tbsp. of allspice
2-3 tbsp. of canned pumpkin
A dollop of honey
1. Wash the dirt off the potatoes in a sink. Brush any remaining dirt off using a pastry brush.
2. (if you have a potato peeler or don't want potato skin on your fries) Peel the potato
3. On a cutting board, cut the potato in half lengthwise.
4. Cut the half potato lengthwise into fries.
5. Put the fries in a large bowl.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the second potato.
7. In a medium bowl, combine flour and beer. Stir until you get a pancake-like batter.
8. Dip the fries in the beer batter.
9. In a second medium bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Mix ingredients together.
10. Coat battered fries in breadcrumb mixture.
11. Spray lasagna pans with nonstick cooking spray.
12. Put the battered and breaded fries in a lasagna pan, forming one layer of fries.
13. Once all the fries are battered and breaded, season with salt, cinnamon, and allspice.
14. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.
15. Turn the fries over. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
16. Arrange fries on a plate. Top with canned pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and honey.
17. Bon appetit!
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