Keeping it real … Real Ale
Sometimes you see these online cooking videos and you just know you have to give it ago. I first got the idea of a guacamole filled onion recipe from a video on Facebook by Bosh! I combined it with a few ideas I had from some other things recently. Using a fruity IPA in guacamole was something I wanted to try for a while and thanks to the guys from Brewers Journal, who over the Tempus Project dinner suggested using tortilla chips for coating, I wanted to try something coated in tortilla chips. This recipe is all those ideas coming together in one beautiful deep fried taste sensation.
Adnams is a brewery name that everyone should know, it has been around since I first started drinking beer and Broadside has got me through many a family pub meal outing, just this week I was happy to see bottles of the original Broadside at a 30th birthday party. I personally think think Adnams are a perfect example of a traditional family brewery embracing new Craft Beer contemporary demands. They are doing this with beers such as Ghost Ship, Mosiac and any other beer under their Jack Brand Craft branch off. I had heard good things about Ease Up IPA, I had wanted to try it for some time and I was very lucky to be sent a sample from Adnams for free. It didn’t disappoint! Ease Up IPA is a fruity little number, it is packed full of flavour with big melon and grapefruit flavours taking centre stage all packed into a very sessionable beer at 4.6%. Along with Ease Up IPA I was sent a bottle of the excellent Juniper Saison, I had tried this beer a few weeks back after my Mum and Sister brought me back a bottle from their recent trip to Southwold. Inspired by the popularity of their recent gin range this beer has been brewed using Sorachi Ace Hops and oats which is then infused with juniper, orange peel, coriander and caraway. It’s different and ticks a lot of boxes for me, the coriander and Sorachi Ace especially pleasing me. If you either of these beers on your travels then be sure to give them a try, Ease Up IPA has been doing the rounds in some local Wetherspoons I noticed recently.
Ease Up IPA was perfect for the guacamole, the juicy flavours really adds a lovely different feel to it. The guacamole is of course great on its own and doesn’t have to be added to the onion rings. The title of the recipe is a bit of a mouthful, but trust me these babies will not only visually impress guests it will blow them away when they eat them!
Adnams Ease Up IPA Guacamole Filled Tortilla Coated Onion Rings
Remove avocado flesh and chop it up into a bowl. Chop the red onion into small pieces, along with the tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and coriander. Mash this all together in a bowl till you get a good guacamole, mash it to your preferred ratio of chunky to smooth. Add the lime juice and Ease Up IPA and give it a final good mix. Season and give it a taste.
Cut the large white onion into rings, where possible leave them 2 layers thick. Spoon the guacamole into the middle of the onions on top of some tin foil. Wrap up well and put in the freezer, you can cook them as soon as they are frozen or a couple of days later.
When the onion rings are frozen and you are ready to cook, put the pack of tortilla chips into a blender and wazz it up till you have a tortilla breadcrumb. Mix with a handful of bought breadcrumbs and combine in a small bowl. Mix an egg with a splash of milk and put in another small bowl. Add flour to another bowl. These will be your dipping bowls for the onion rings.
Fill a deep pan half way with veg oil and heat for 5 mins till it is hot enough to start deep frying. One by one in batches of 3 or 4 depending on size of pan place the onion ring in the flour, coat well then dip into the egg and milk mix, then finish off by rolling it around in the tortilla and breadcrumbs. Make sure it is well coated then very carefully slide the onion ring into the oil using a slotted spoon. Fry till the coating is golden, this will take about 3-4 minutes. repeat till all your onion rings are done, you may want to keep the first batches in a warm oven to say warm but make sure they don’t over cook them (like I did with one of them!).
Drizzle with some more lime juice and serve with a nice cold glass of Adnams Ease Up IPA.
Disclaimer – I was sent both the bottles of Adnams free of charge, however, I don’t think this affected my opinion. The idea for this recipe was inspired from Bosh! but changed from my own idea of an IPA in the guacamole and with the help of the tortilla coating from the peeps from Brewers Journal