Beer Battered Seitan with Hidden Green Bean Mashed Potatoes
I love fried food. I wish it was good for you. Since it’s not I don’t eat it all the time but if I am going to eat it I want it to be battered in some way. Beer battered! Yum Yum! I can’t get enough of this stuff. It reminds me of my disgusting days when I would eat Chicken Crisper’s dipped in Honey Mustard from a popular chain restaurant. I would feel disgustingly sick after eat those and vow never to eat them again even though I would. I don’t feel sick after eating my own which is a good thing.
I’ve been tinkering with this recipe for awhile. The spices in it don’t give it a super specific taste but definitely add something to the flavor of the whole thing. I served this particular meal with some Hidden Green Bean Mashed Potatoes which is just my sneaky way to get Reno to eat her veggies which she is not doing these days. You basically throw in some frozen green beans into the boiling potatoes when they are just about done and mash them how you usually do. Its quite tasty.
Beer Battered Seitan
1 12oz bottle beer
1 to 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 pound seitan, cut into strips about 1/2 in thick, boiled seitan works best
canola oil (or preferred oil of your choice)
Pour the beer in a large bowl then whisk in the first 1 cup of flour. It should resemble a nice thick pancake batter if it’s really thin then add the 1/2 cup of flour slowly until you have a nice thick batter. Stir in the salt, garlic powder, mustard powder and chili powder until combined. You don’t want to over stir the batter. Add the strips of seitan and toss until they are fully coated with the batter.
Fill a large frying pan about 1/2 an inch with canola oil and heat on high heat. When heated carefully place battered seitan into the oil, lower the flame to medium-high and fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Have a plate covered with paper towels or a clean paper bag to help absorb some of the excess oil.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or give everyone 1/2 a lemon to squeeze onto their beer battered seitan!