Conch, avocado and Fresno peppers hang ten in the fryer.Gather Journal Beer-Battered Conch Fry-Up
Federal agent Johnny Utah goes undercover as a beach bum (not really a stretch for our fair Keanu Reeves) to bust a gang of surfers who moonlight as bank robbers. Led by adrenaline-seeker Bodhi (the bodacious Patrick Swayze) the ex-presidents hold up banks to finance their wave-following ways. Our, ahem, Presidente beer-battered fry-up of conch, Fresno pepper rings, and lemon and avocado wedges feels like the ultimate SoCal surf break feast.
serves 16 2-bite fritters
Heat about 2 inches of oil in a medium saucepan to 375°F using a deep fat thermometer; it will take about 15-18 minutes over medium heat.
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Whisk together flour, tortilla chips, baking powder, salt, and cayenne. Then whisk in egg and beer. Divide batter into two portions stirring conch and scallions into one portion.
Fry rounded small spoonfuls of conch batter until golden, turning over once or twice, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels then transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Fry remaining fritters in batches, returning oil to 375°F between batches.
Along with fritters, fry miscellany of choice dipped lightly in the batter without conch. Be careful with lemon slices or vegetables with a lot of moisture as they can spatter.
Sprinkle with salt and serve with lime, lemon or favorite hot sauce.