Battered Fish is a comfort food for me. When I was growing up we lived a five minute walk away from a brilliant Fish and Chip Shop and we ate it fairly regularly. Even when Daddy and I were first married we ate Fish and Chips from the local chippie fairly often but after Daddy was diagnosed as Celiac we had to stop because the food wasn't gluten free.
Eventually we did find a local Fish and Chip shop that sold Gluten Free food, but it's not really that local and takes fifteen minutes to drive back from (and they cook the food fresh because it's gluten free and of course it's a fifteen minute drive to the shop) so it's not something that's exactly cheap because of the travel, it's a fairly expensive place to eat at and it's not exactly Fast Food!
So tonight I made Gluten Free Battered Fish and Chips for dinner. I had made Fish and Chips before using Haddock and polenta as a sort of bread coating, but it's not battered and that is what I was missing the most!
So here is my recipe for Gluten Free Battered Fish and Chips.
Salt and Pepper
1 Teaspoon Mixed Herbs
1 Tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
Two Tablespoons Polenta
Cod Fillets (I had Tesco Frozen ones)
Turn the oven on to Gas Mark 4.
Mix the Polenta, Egg, Milk, Seasoning, Herbs and Ketchup together to form a smooth batter.
Dip the fish fillets into the two tablespoons of Polenta so that it is coated.
The dip the fish fillets into the batter mixture so that it has an even covering.
Place the battered fish fillets on to a baking tray. You can place the additional batter over the top of the fillets, but you don't have to! Cook in the oven for Twenty-Five to Thirty minutes and serve with Chips.
Big Boy is normally my litmus test for if a dish is good or not. He looked at the fish, declared that he didn't like fish and was persuaded to eat some by Daddy... so he did and Big Boy then finished before everybody else! I'm not sure if it was the ketchup in the batter or if he is finally developing a taste for fish, but either way I'm going to keep making it this way.
Heinz sent me some ketchup and asked me to come up with a recipe using the Heinz Ketchup as a Secret Ingredient, which I did with my Sausage Bean Casserole but I guess this is one too!
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