Battered Russians with Tequila & Lime Sweet Potato Pickle & Ginger Mayo

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  • Battered Russians:
  • 500 g Eskort Smoked Russians
  • flour for coating
  • Batter:
  • 250 ml self-raising flour
  • 125 ml corn starch
  • 15 ml baking powder
  • 350 ml ice cold water
  • 5 ml cayenne pepper
  • Sweet potato pickle:
  • 2 sweet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 60 ml spring onion, chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 60 ml tequila
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 5 ml coarse salt
  • 30 ml vinegar
  • 45 ml castor sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Ginger Mayo:
  • 125 ml mayonnaise
  • 10 ml fresh ginger root


  • Battered Russians:
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together self-raising flour, corn starch, baking powder, ice cold water and cayenne pepper until a smooth batter forms and place in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Lightly coat the Russians with flour and dip in batter.
  • Deep fry until golden and crispy.
  • Sweet potato pickle:
  • Thinly slice the sweet potatoes.
  • Finely chop the garlic and spring onion.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the zest and juice of 1 lime, tequila, olive oil, salt, vinegar, castor sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Add the sweet potato, garlic and chopped spring onion and mix together.
  • Store the pickle in a jar in the fridge for no longer than a week.
  • Ginger Mayo:
  • Finely grate a small piece of ginger root and squeeze out the juice, either through a sieve or clean kitchen cloth.
  • Mix the ginger juice with your mayonnaise and store in the fridge.


Top your golden deep-fried Russians with the sweet potato pickle and serve with ginger mayo on the side.