Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crispy Onion Rings

Peter is such a good sport about letting me watch my cooking shows :) Occasionally, he will even watch one with me because he knows I love it so much. That is like, oh my goodness... the best of both worlds for me! These onion rings were a recipe that came from one of those episodes that we watched together.

We came out of church on Sunday and the weather was so incredibly gorgeous, so we decided to call a bunch of friends and kick off our first BBQ of the year. Peter asked if I would make the onion rings from the cooking show that we had watched together, and he would throw some burgers on the BBQ. I was so excited to have our friends over and to try out the new recipe! Good food is even better when it's shared with good friends.

  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 12 ounces (or 1 can, or 1 1/2 cups) Club Soda, COLD so that it puffs up nicely when it hits the hot oil :)
  • Salt, for sprinkling on the fresh hot rings
First, slice your onions into 1 inch rings (each large onion will make about 4 big medallions whose layers can be carefully popped out into individual rings)

In a dutch oven, heat about 1 liter of vegetable oil until it spits and spatters when you flick some water droplets into it. While your oil is getting up to temp, whisk together the flour, cayenne, Lawry's, egg, and club soda. 

Dip your rings into the coating and drop into the hot oil. They should bubble and fizz and float on top. Let it cook for about 20 seconds or so, and then flip to the other side until it is golden and crispy.
**(Only do a few rings at a time; if you dump in a bunch at once, the oil temperature will drop too much and the rings will take much longer to cook and end up soaking up a ton of oil and becoming soggy. We don't want that.)

As each ring is done cooking, pull it out and place it straight onto a plate layered with some paper towels to absorb any extra oil. Sprinkle with salt while hot, and enjoy these sweet, salty, crispy treats!

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