Whether your team is on top of the world or buried beneath it this year gametime is always more fun with a tasty snack. Why not one with all the flavors of the season that really brings the heat?
Beer batter is a great vehicle to tame the heat on some pickled peppers, and it's perfect with my creamy cheddar Swiss sauce. If you don’t like jalapenos you can use banana peppers or any other pickled peppers.
If your feeling especially patient, we used our own pickled peppers that you can learn how to make from a previous article [Search: JFL or pickled peppers at NewsAegis.com].
JFL’s Beer Batter
1 cup flour
1 ½ cups lager beer
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Stir well to combine and add a little bit more beer if it gets to thick. Use this to coat anything you wish to fry to an amazing savory status. If you’d like more texture in your batter, replace ½ to ¼ cup of flour with an equal amount of cornmeal.
Fried Pickled Peppers
2-3 Cups pickled peppers seeded and cut into rings.
A pinch of salt and flour.
Heat the oil in your batter to about 360 degrees to account for the lowering temperature when you add the food. Drain the pickled peppers and coat them liberally in batter. Use a fry scoop to lower them—in batches—and fry just a couple minutes or until golden brown. Place on clean towels to drain and cool slightly before assembling your burger.
Cheesy Relief Sauce
1 ½ cup whole milk
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
1 cup Swiss, grated
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp pepper
1 pinch salt
Combine milk, salt and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat and divide the cheese into three equal portions. Add them in stages, stirring very often with a rubber spatula. Add the next portion as the first starts to really melt and incorporate. Stir until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened and reduced by a quarter.
This snack is an easy and cheap way to bring the heat and the flavor to game day.
Always remember when frying to exercise caution, follow manufacturer instructions and never leave it unattended.
Fry burns hurt and can be deadly, improper use can even cause fires. So stay vigilant and stay safe.
Cheer on the team of your choice with cheese and peppers!