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Beer Batter Fried Mushrooms

Even if you're not a huge mushroom fan, I'll bet you're going to flip over these golden beer batter fried mushrooms. How do I know? Because I never used to enjoy mushrooms...until these! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 370kcal

Ingredients

For the mushrooms;

  • 2 pints white button mushrooms , cleaned and halved or quartered
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 12- ounce beer
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-4 cups light colored oil , peanut, grapeseed, canola, avocado
  • pinch salt and pepper , to taste

For the dipping sauce;

  • 1 cup prepared ranch dressing
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish sauce , or to taste
  • teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

To prepare the beer batter fried mushrooms;

  • Wipe the mushroom with a damp paper towel to clean.
  • Remove the stems and then cut the smaller ones in half and the larger ones into quarters.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Cajun seasoning, beer, and egg. *Note - the mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Meanwhile, in a large, high sided pot bring approximately 2"-3" of oil to a temperature of 375°
  • Place approximately 10-15 mushrooms into the batter and use a spoon to carefully stir them to coat.
  • Use a set of tongs to remove the mushrooms, one at a time from the batter, and carefully add them to the hot oil. 
  • *Note - If you add the mushrooms all in at once to the hot oil they'll stick together, which is why it's best to add them individually.
  • Fry the mushrooms, stirring carefully and occasionally for approximately 3-4 minutes or until they're golden brown in color.
  • Use a large slotted spoon to remove the fried mushrooms to a paper towel-lined bowl and season immediately with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining mushrooms.
  • Prepare the sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Serve the mushrooms with the sauce and enjoy!

Notes

Tip; I recommend using a thermometer to bring the oil up to temperature. However, if you submerge the handle of a wooden spoon into the hot oil and small bubbles immediately form and dance to the surface (much like champagne bubbles), you're oil is hot enough and ready to fry.
Tip; Frying oil can be recycled up to 4 times before it needs to be discarded. To reuse the oil, cool it completely, and then carefully funnel it into a covered container for another use.
NEVER leave hot oil unattended and NEVER allow children close to the oil while cooking.
NEVER fill a pot more than halfway with oil for frying.
NEVER add a lid to a pot while bring the oil to frying temperature.
Tools and equipment;
large bowl, chef's knife, cutting board, paper towels, large slotted spoon, wooden spoon, large high-sided pan for frying, measuring spoons, measuring cups, bottle opener

Nutrition

Serving: 1servings | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 368mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g