Posted by Mira | Posted in Finger Food | Posted on 08-12-2011
It is not long since I first tried doing onion rings. First I doubted what special may be about it. I tried the first bite rather skeptical but it was not a quarter of an hour that the whole batch of this crispy temptation was gone. It was gone although I knew so much oil fired food is no good for health, and, maybe it is time to stop…but no way, I stopped only when the whole crispy indulgence was gone. Some time later I even tried to experiment with the more traditional recipe of this picnic food. I call it ‘picnic’ as it is great to have in a company. Especially with this special recipe – give it a try in a company, you will have a good chance to be proud of yourself. Those you may envy you will think, “Hey, how didn’t I guest this recipe”. But first make sure you like this combination of onion rings and sesame seeds. Enough introduction let’s proceed to action!
Crispy Onion Rings with Sesame Seeds
There are many different recipes of onion rings. Some people do the coating batter with beer or milk and whisked egg. I prefer a different recipe as beer gives aftertaste to the food which some people will not like (especially children), and the milk and egg combination is also not as light as I like it. After experimenting I have come up with this perfect crispy onion rings recipe.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 10 minutes; yields a good batch of crispy rings, good for 5-7 servings.
2 medium button onions
0.5 cup all purpose flour
0.25 cup cornflour
1 level tsp black pepper or hot chili powder (cayenne, Guinea spice)
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 cup room temperature water (or cold club soda)
a pinch of fine salt
2 cups breadcrumbs (preferably Panko breadcrumbs)
1 cup olive or any vegetable oil (for frying)
Note: In this recipe you can likewise add 2 tbsp instant mashed potato. You do not need baking powder.
Transfer all purpose flour, cornflour and instant mashed potato into a medium bowl. Stir shortly, add cold club soda or water at room temperature. Whisk well. Add chili powder (or black pepper) and salt; whisk to incorporate well. Allow the mixture to rest for about 10 minutes. While you prepare the onions the batter, slightly thickened, will become perfect.
Peel and rinse the onions. Dry with a paper towel. Slice the onions into 5mm (or quarter inch) rings. Carefully separate the onion rings – begin with the central small rings – carefully press them out.
Mix breadcrumbs and sesame seeds in a separate bowl, large plate, or just use a plastic bag.
Now take a few onion rings at a time and drop them into the batter to coat well all over. Use a folk to turn over the rings. Before transferring the coated rings into breadcrumb mix make sure the excess batter drips off the rings. Then transfer the coated onion rings onto a plate, bowl, or plastic back – where you have breadcrumb and sesame seeds mix.
Coat the rings plentifully in the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds mix.
Have a skillet with oil ready over medium high heat. When the oil becomes hot (about 370F) it is time to proceed with frying the first batch of the crispy picnic food.
Do not overload the skillet, allow some space between the rings – otherwise they may stick together. It will take a few instants for the onion rings to turn golden-brown. If needed turn them over. If there is enough oil you might not need to do that. Use a fork or a slotted spoon to turn over and take out the onion rings.
Place the golden-browned rings either on a grill rack or paper towel. Paper towel is good as it will absorb the excess oil.
You will see the sesame seeds peeping out white on the onion rings. They look gorgeous don’t they? Like special crispy doughnuts! This may become one of your special picnic foods. Bon appétit!
Note: If transferring put the onion rings in a carton or paper box – not a plastic bag. Use napkins.