Did you know that onion rings are easy to make? Next time you're planning a barbecue, give homemade onion rings a try!
- Prepare your batter. You can make batter using a cup of dry pancake mix, prepared according to the directions on the box. Or you can make your own, using one of the many recipes for onion ring batter. For one popular recipe, dip your onion rings into egg whites, and then cover with a mixture of 4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 teaspoons of pepper. To make beer-battered onion rings, just mix a can of beer and 1 1/2 cup of flour. Whisk them together until the batter is thick and free from lumps. If you're making beer batter, you'll need to cover the bowl and set it aside for a few hours before making your onion rings.
- Slice the onion. You should cut the ends off each onion, and then slice into rings that are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, separating each slice into individual rings. One onion will make many rings, so you may want to fry all of the rings from one onion before deciding to slice a second one.
- Heat the oil. In a large, deep skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. Be careful when heating the oil, as it can splatter. If you have a deep fry thermometer, check to make sure the oil is about 375 degrees before you begin frying the onion rings.
- Fry the onion rings. One at a time, dip the onion rings into the batter, and then place them into the hot oil. You may find that a pair of metal tongs makes this job less messy. Fry them until they're crispy and brown. It should take about 3 minutes for each onion ring. Flip halfway through to make sure both sides are evenly fried. You can do a small batch of five or six rings at a time, but you should not try to do more than that, because they will stick together. Your first rings may turn out lighter than you are used to seeing in restaurants, but your next batches will turn out darker because the oil has been used.
- Let them cool. Do not try to remove the rings from the oil with your fingers. Use a slotted spoon instead. Once you remove the onion ring from the oil, lay it on a plate covered with paper towels. This will absorb the extra oil. Allow the onion ring time to cool, because it will be very hot just after frying. If you're making a lot of onion rings, keep them warm in your oven turned on a low heat setting.
Onion rings are the perfect side dish for hot dogs, hamburgers, and other barbecue fare. They can also make a great appetizer for many other dishes. Next time you have a craving for onion rings, make them yourself instead of rushing to the local diner!