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 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.
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.