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Deep-Fried, Beer-Battered Onion Rings

by TK | April 18th, 2008 | Recipes, Side Dishes
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For my most recent birthday, 2 of my children got me a present I always wanted – a good countertop deep fryer. With the help of my soon-to-be-wife they made the selection of an Emeril LaGasse/T-fal Deep Fryer.

One of the first items that I decided to make was Beer Battered Onion Rings. I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything deep fried, and my kids are no different. So, although they are not the biggest fans of onions, the prospects of some grilled burgers and deep-fried anything sounded good to them!

Deep-Fried, Beer-Battered Onion Rings


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Ingredients
  1. 4 large sweet onions, sliced into rings
  2. 1/2 cup dark beer
  3. 1/2 cup seltzer water or club soda
  4. 1 egg white
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  10. 1 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Pour beer and seltzer water or soda into the bowl of a blender or food processor (I use the Magic Bullet) .
  2. Sprinkle in pepper, mustard, salt and onion powder. Pulse until combined.
  3. Add flour last, and process only until mixed.
  4. The batter should be slightly lumpy, about the consistency of pancake batter.
  5. Whisk egg white until frothy in a shallow bowl. Gently stir in contents of food processor, mixing until combined.
  6. Soak the sliced onions in a small amount of milk for 10 minutes.
  7. Drain and lightly sprinkle with onion powder, then dip in batter.
  8. Cook them in oil that is 450 degrees for 8 minutes.
  9. Place on paper towel to remove excess grease, and salt.
Notes
  1. With my handy dandy deep fryer I was able to fry all of the onion rings in two batches.
  2. They were enjoyed with ketchup and honey mustard dipping sauces by my family.
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