Pam's Variations on a Theme - Onion Rings
Blue Ribbon Recipe
Crunchy and flavorful, we couldn't stop munching on these onion rings. The chili powder and cayenne added a punch of flavor. Panko crumbs added crunch to the coating; these are in no way doughy. Great for a snack or on a yummy burger. The Test Kitchen
2 to 3 smallonions, (3-inch diameter) use larger onions for a large batch
1/4 call-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tbspcorn starch
1 Tbspinstant mashed potato flakes (I use Ore Ida)
1 to 2 dash(es)cayenne pepper or to taste
1/8 to 1/4 tspmild chili powder (use hot if you like spicy)
1/2 ccold soda water or warm beer or the uncola
3 cPanko bread crumbs
·enough neutral flavored oil for frying
·salt or for the variation Vermont cheese powder (see link in steps)
How to Make Pam's Variations on a Theme - Onion Rings
- In another shallow bowl or pie plate, mix the Panko crumbs and cornmeal. Set up your frying station next to the stove or fryer. Onion rings first, batter next and then crumbs closest to the fryer.
- Place a wire cooling rack over/into a jelly roll pan and place in the oven at "Keep Warm" or 150°F. Heat oil to 365-375°F in either a deep fryer or a deep, narrow saucepan.
- Using either the dry fork or your fingers, drop the rings carefully into the hot oil. Turn the rings once when they get light golden, remove when fully golden and place on the prepared cooling rack. (I put them on a few folded paper towels until I had several batches fried and then transferred them to the rack in the oven.)
- As an alternative method, you could dip and coat the rings and then place them on the cooling rack to hold them to fry at a later time. This way you could do the "messy" part first and then turn your attention to frying.
- After frying, either salt lightly or sprinkle heavily with Cheddar Cheese Powder and toss to coat. (I bought some bright yellow-orange cheese powder from a local store, but I prefer the Vermont cheese powder from King Arthur Flour - kingarthurflour.com/...e-powder-8-oz
- This makes a small batch, enough for 2 hungry onion eaters or 4 appetizers. For a family, I would at least double these amounts.