Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic

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Our teenage son has always been a huge fan of crispy fish n’ chips.

Ever since he was just a wee little thing, if this classic comfort food was on a menu, he’d almost always ask to order it since it wasn’t an entree that we would typically make at home—frankly, it seemed a bit laborious.

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And because of his adoration of this tasty-yet-unpretentious meal, my husband and I have found our own love for it, making it a family “thing” by stopping by our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara—a pub in downtown called “Dargan’s”—to enjoy fresh fish n’ chips hot out of the fryer.

Frankly, our day-trips there wouldn’t feel complete without making that stop!

Cider Battered Fish n' Chips | thecozyapron.com

Cider Battered Fish n' Chips | thecozyapron.com

Crispy, golden and slightly salty, fish n’ chips are an earthy comfort food, and are taken to exquisite levels (in my humble opinion) when generously doused in malt vinegar, my personal fave when it comes to condiments for this.

And when beer-battered, they have that slightly hoppy and malty flavor, that true flavor of the pub, and just beg to be enjoyed along with a cold, refreshing drink on the side.

Cider Battered Fish n' Chips | thecozyapron.com

So with it being apple season, I thought I’d put a little twist on the classic beer batter by substituting a semi-dry hard cider in place of the lager for just a hint of tangy, crisp sweetness—a perfect way to enjoy an old pub classic while making it fit for the fall, and using the flavors unique to this season that we’re in.

I’m excited to say that we all loved these, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the process wasn’t as complicated as I thought it’d be, especially since I made the “chips” in the oven rather than bothering with frying them. Easy-peasy!

Cider Battered Fish n' Chips | thecozyapron.com

So as we get further into this golden autumn season, I can feel my appetite turning to more comforting fare, chock-full of earthy-type flavors, and crispy, golden morsels that are freshly fried and crispy, on occasion.

I crave the type of meals that may just require a few extra napkins to dab my mouth with, but that leave a smile because they’re simply just fun to eat and to enjoy with the people that I love spending time with.

Cider Battered Fish n' Chips | thecozyapron.com

And if this is fall’s answer to one of our faves—a classic fish n’ chips pub meal—then we’re all about digging in and enjoying this tasty little twist.

Taste what’a good and pass it on.


{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche September 20, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Cannot remember the last time that I had fish and chips.. definitely craving some right now. Thanks for reminding me how delicious it is, need to recreate the recipe asap.

  • Josie March 23, 2015, 8:48 am

    I LOVE your recipes Ingrid. I’m so glad I found your blog

    • The Cozy Apron March 23, 2015, 5:16 pm

      Josie, that is truly such a sweet thing to say; thank you so much. And I’m so grateful for your readership! :-)

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