Fried Onion Rings – A Deliciously Punny Recipe

Making these onion rings was surprisingly pretty easy. What might not be easy is finding all of the ring/circle puns in this post. There are thirteen.

I found this recipe not in Granny’s big box of recipes, but in her homemade recipe book. It really didn’t ring a bell to me, but I thought it would be a fun appetizer to make for my Christmas company. It turns out Granny never made it for her children or grandchildren. Granny wasn’t known around town for her bar food, but I decided to take this recipe for a spin. I thought it would be fun to ring in the new year by trying a recipe that was literally and figuratively outside the box.

I imagined keeping track of the slicing and coating and frying would be a culinary  three ring circus, or if I may be more dramatic, it might feel like one of the circles of hell. I was wrong. It was really pretty easy with very few ingredients. The hard part for me was again wrapping my head around using Crisco as a main ingredient. But I circled back to how much I liked granny’s oatmeal raisin cookie scones, and I got over it. I suggest adding at least a teaspoon of salt and any other seasonings you might like (garlic, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, etc) to the batter pre-dipping to round out the flavors.


I thought the best part of these onion rings was the texture, and as I dipped and sizzled the rings of onion, and they were turning out perfectly crispy and golden, I couldn’t help but think that if my true love were to give me some of these golden rings, I’d like to request more than five.


Final Thoughts:

If you ring in the new year with a resolution to try new things in 2018, maybe making granny’s onion rings is the way to go! As we round out 2017 and ring in 2018, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.

Fried Onion Rings

  • 1.5 c all purpose flour
  • 1.5 c beer, active or flat, cold or at room temp
  • 3 very large yellow onions (Granny suggests Bermuda)
  • 3-4 c shortening
  • salt, garlic, red pepper flakes to taste


  • Whisk together flour and beer in a large bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temp for at least 3 hours.
  • 20 minutes before you are ready for next step, preheat oven to 200. Place brown paper from shopping bags, or use paper towels on a jelly roll pan.
  • Peel the papery skins from onions so you don’t cut into the outside onion layer.
  • Cut onions into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Separate slices into rings and set aside.
  • On top of stove, melt enough shortening in a 10 inch skillet to come 2 inches up the side of the pan.
  • Heat the shortening to 375 (use a deep fry thermometer). –I don’t have one so I just waited until I knew it would sizzle. You can test with a drop of water.
  • With metal tongs, dip a few onion rings into the batter. Then place them into the hot fat. Fry rings turning once or twice until they are an even delicate golden color
  • Transfer to the paper lined jelly roll pan.
  • To keep warm, place them on the middle rack of pre-heated oven until all rings have been fried

To freeze: Fry rings and drain on brown paper at room temp. Arrange on jelly roll pan and freeze. When frozen pack in plastic bags and return to freezer.

To reheat: Arrange on jelly roll pan and place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 4-6 minutes.

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