BEER BATTER ONION RINGS
Best Beer Batter
Covering onions in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes removes their pungent bite, leaving you with sweet, tender onion rings in a crisp beer-battered shell.
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- 2 large eggs
- 1 bottle light or medium bodied lager (12 oz), cold
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- coarse salt
- 5 cups vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 to 3 lbs desired vegetables such as onions or pepperoncini, or shrimp, firm fish fillets such as cod, cut into pieces if necessary
- 2 cups buttermilk (if using onions)
2. In a wide 6-quart pot fitted with a deep-fat or candy thermometer, heat oil to 375 degrees over medium. (The oil should bubble rapidly when a pinch of flour is added.) Working in small batches, lightly coat food in flour, then dip in batter, gently shaking off excess. Fry, turning halfway through, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes per batch (adjust heat to maintain 375 degrees). With a slotted spoon, transfer food to rack to drain and discard any browned bits of batter. Season immediately with salt. Keep warm in a 200-degree oven.