Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 5 mins
I made these once in college, 20 years later I found the recipe, its much better today.
- 2 -3 large sweet onions or 2 -3 large red onions or 2 -3 large white onions, cut crosswise into thick slices
- 16 ounces beer
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
- 4 egg whites
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups plain breadcrumbs
- Combine the Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Black Pepper, and Red Pepper in a bowl. Add the Beer and Vanilla and stir to make batter. Once mixed cover and let stand 30 to 50 minutes.
- Next separate the Egg Whites into a bowl. Using an electric mixer beat the Egg Whites until soft peaks form. Fold Egg Whites into the batter.
- Place the Bread Crumbs into a separate dish. Dip the Onion slices in the batter, then dredge through the Bread Crumbs and place in a single layer, on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Use wax paper to separate the layers. As soon as possible put the cookie sheet in the freezer. Freeze rings for at least 1 hour. After 1 hour place rings in an air tight container for longer storage time; they can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Remove rings and fry in 375 degree soy or peanut oil for appox. 2 minutes. For more even frying flip the rings. Fry in small batches, being careful not to crowd the pan.
- *For a slightly spicy taste double the Red Pepper.
- **For spicy taste that will stand up to the Ranch or other dairy based dips, double the Red Pepper and add 1/8 cup Sriracha sauce to the batter.
This was super delicious and quite easy to make. They are a bit of work.
This recipe rocks. It was absolutely the best homemade onion rings I ever made. They are a bit of work, but your hard work is rewarded in kind. I will say I thought the batter could have used more salt, but I may have spaced out on the salt altogether. I honestly can't remember. Top quality! If I ever opened a restaurant, this would be my onion ring recipe.
A lot of work but well worth it. Very tasty and nice texture. The fact that they need to be frozen adds to the convenience as you can prepare them ahead of time.