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Old 01-01-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Recipe: Beer-Battered Onion Rings (pics)

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Who doesn't like onion rings? Well, I'm sure that there are plenty of folks
that don't, but I'd of course be suspicious of them. These monsters are
coated in an amber ale batter that provides a thick but nicely crisp
exterior. In fact, they would probably be more aptly named "crunchy onion
doughnuts".



Sure, making onion rings at home is a bit messy and sort of a pain. I'll
admit that these were born of necessity. Yesterday I was grumbling under
my breath as I scoured the freezer section of the grocery store. I typically
opt for the easy way out in the form of Ore-Ida® Gourmet Onion Rings,
but they had none. I decided to look at the silver lining. I'd get to do a
little recipe development and I'd get a blog post out of the deal.

Here's what I came up with.

Ingredients
2 Large sweet onions, sliced into 3/4" rings
8 cups Buttermilk
1/3 cup Hot sauce (I used Louisiana brand)
2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2 cups Amber ale (I used Alaskan Amber)
2 Eggs
2 tsp Seasoned salt
2 quarts Canola or vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Salt and pepper

Method
Add the buttermilk and hot sauce in a large flat-bottom container, and
whisk well to combine.

Add the onion rings to the buttermilk mixture, arranging them so that they
are submerged. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.



About 45 minutes before your ready to serve, heat the oil in a deep-fryer
or a large heavy pot to 365º. I used an enameled cast iron Dutch oven.

While the oil is heating, batter the onion rings. Add the flour to a large
bowl. One at a time, remove each onion ring from the buttermilk mixture,
put it in the flour and coat all sides, knocking the excess flour off on the
side of the bowl. Set each ring on a large sheet of wax or parchment
paper.



Add the baking powder, beer, eggs and seasoned salt to the flour and
whisk well to combine into a smooth batter.

Line a large lipped sheet pan with wax or parchment paper, and insert a
wire rack. Line another lipped sheet pan with paper towels.

Preheat your oven to 250º and put the paper towel-lined pan on the
center rack.

Dip each ring in the batter until it's completely covered. Set the rings on
the wire rack to allow the excess batter to drain.



Working in batches, fry the rings until they are nicely golden brown, 2-3
minutes per side. Be careful not to overcrowd the fryer/pot.

Tip: I like to use a bamboo skewer to handle the rings while frying. It
makes maneuvering them very easy, the wood stays cool, and they're
disposable.

Season the rings lightly with salt and pepper immediately after they come
out of the oil. Set them in the paper towel-lined pan in the oven so that
they stay hot.



Serve and enjoy!

(Makes about 8 servings)

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Old 01-01-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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One word.

Awesome!
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:26 AM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:27 AM   #4
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sounds like a great way to do them.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:30 AM   #5
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Thankyou!!! My last effort with onion rings was an epic fail!! How many do you fry at a time?

I'll be trying this one out for sure!
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:40 AM   #6
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Thankyou!!! My last effort with onion rings was an epic fail!! How many do you fry at a time?

I'll be trying this one out for sure!
Cheers
Thanks. in each batch I cook as many as I can fit in a single layer.

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Old 01-02-2012, 05:17 AM   #7
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I love home-made onion rings. Buttermilk is the key along with the wet batter. They look great and have me wishing I had time to make some today. Oh well, always next weekend.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:36 AM   #8
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gonna try this out. looks fantastic
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Paired with a nice burger and one of those ales and you've really got my attention!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:05 AM   #10
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Very Nice!! I'm going to have to try that.
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Nice work, those look great :)

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"crunchy onion doughnuts".
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Thanks, guys!

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:42 PM   #13
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NICE....bookmarked!!
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John, those are AWESOME looking! thanks for the recipe!!
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