Lets just begin with my full admission of onion rings are my guilty pleasure food. Something about that deep fried crunchy batter, with that tender sweet onion center just gets me every time. We have a local drive in here where you still have to pull into the stall, pick up the old school telephone to place your order, but none the less they are known for pizza and onion rings. The sweet old lady waitress brings out this wobbly paper plate covered in about 3 feet high aluminum foil tenting about 5 lbs of beautifully golden delicious onion rings. To be perfectly honest I’d never made homemade onion rings before, and I was super surprised by how easy it was. Now I fully admit these babies aren’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever made, but this ain’t chick food, this is man food! Men don’t care about pretty onion rings. They just want em hot and greasy. But being the girl that I am, they just had to taste good so I decided to do a take on beer batter/ tempura batter rings, the autumn ale brings an unexpected flavor, while the corn starch lends to keeping it light and crispy. I hope everyone will give this recipe a try, it would be just a perfect addition to your holiday table. These rings are easy appetizer, or maybe a topping for that classic green been casserole, or on top of a salad, I ate them as a side dish to sloppy janes, then took the left overs and topped a grilled chicken sandwich (a total steal from red robin). Any way you put these babies they are delicious, and not an ounce nutritious, but sometimes a girl just needs to eat like and man…. so to my fellow ladies, I hope you enjoy some man food this holiday season, lord knows we deserve it…
autumn ale onion rings
2-3 large onions – cut into rings
1/4 c. cornstarch – for dry coating
1 c. flour
1/3 C. cornstarch
1 T. baking powder
1 bottle of autumn ale
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
– begin by slicing onions into rings, I like my rings a bit on this thin side, if you like them thicker just slice them thicker.
– toss rings in 1/4 cup cornstarch to give them a dry coating. (I did the fried chicken method and put them in a paper bag and give them a shake-shake-shake)
– in a small clean bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and pepper. using a whisk stir to combine all the dry ingredients well. next pour in beer slowly and begin to stir with whisk, (it will take a few minutes for the foam to dissolve so just be patient when mixing)
– use thongs to coat rings in beer batter them drop them into hot oil. cook rings until lightly golden on each side.
– place rings on paper towels or cooling racks to drain well.
– lightly salt and enjoy.