Thursday, July 5, 2012

Really Awesome Onion Rings

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 egg 
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)

Directions
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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). 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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