Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rings...Of the Onion Variety

Even the lady at the jewelry store where Prince Steadfast and Princess Sassy bought his ring could see it and commented... They are a great team who have good decision-making skills as a couple, and work well together.  This is true in the kitchen, as well.                                                                                                    
One of their favorite things to make is onion rings.  That's great, because we love them, but I avoid the hassle.  I am happy to have someone who likes to take them on.                                                                    
Onion Rings
adapted from "Old Fashioned Onion Rings" on                                                                            
3 large sweet onions, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk, or as needed
1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
seasoned salt to taste
1 quart Canola or peanut oil for frying, or as needed

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or cast iron skillet to 365 degrees.                                                                                                                                                                                
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. The wire rack may be placed over foil, waxed paper, or paper towel for easier clean up.                                                                                          
Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat.  Shake off excess.                                                           
Fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown, flipping halfway through, if in a skillet.                                                                                                                                           
Remove to rack over paper towels to drain (spread in a single layer), and place in a 225 to 250 degree oven to keep warm and crispy while finishing the rest.                                                                                  
Season with salt, and serve.

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