Our garden project has finally started to pay off. The last couple weeks we've had more lettuce than we can eat, and more onions and carrots than I know what to do with. To help use the onions that we thinned this week, we decided to make onion rings for a little 4th of July barbecue we went to.
They were a super hit, everyone loved them, and several people asked for the recipe. So, here it is (based on this recipe):
1 large onion cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs (we've tried others before, Panko work best)
1 quart oil for frying, as needed (we used 1/2 quart on a double batch)
- Pour enough oil in a pot that the onion slices will be completely covered. Heat to 365 degrees (until when you drop an onion in it boils right around it, but not everywhere else).
- Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside.
- Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork. Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping (we recommend putting a pan underneath).
- Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and coat. The coating should cling very well. Repeat with remaining rings.
- Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Place on a clean drying rack with a pan underneath.