Crispy Onion Rings Picnic Food Ideas

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Posted by Mira | Posted in Finger Food | Posted on 08-12-2011

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Oh these crispy onion rings – the crispiest indulgence of all! American public will not need an introduction to what onion rings are. For those who have not yet tasted this delicacy of an ordinary man it will be a discovery of one’s lifetime. You could not imagine breaded onion would taste so juicy and sweet! The extra crispy outside perfectly marries with this tender inside. Believe me, once you taste this crispy temptation you become addicted to it for ever. I mean it! So, no more time to loose, enjoy the crispy picnic food idea!

Usually an average American tends to resist the temptation of buying the onion rings along with a burger as a side dish – instead of these mundane French fries. As a rule French fries are a cheaper substitute for onion rings, thus it turns out to be: less money paid – less joy met. But the real great good news is the recipe that I have prepared specially for you to enjoy your picnic food ever since! It will turn any day into a party and you will feel good. What is more worth doing? These onion rings are easy to make, you can enjoy them whenever you want and in any quantities. The magic crispness hence will be at your disposal any time.

Crispiest Onion Rings.

Crispiest Onion Rings.

Onion Rings with Sesame Seeds
Preparation time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 10 minutes; yields a good batch of crispy rings.

 

Ingredients:
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 instant mashed potatoes (with or without flavor)
a pinch of fine salt
1 cup room temperature water or cold club soda
2 cups breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)
1 cup olive or any vegetable oil (for frying)

Instructions:

Transfer all purpose flour, cornflour and instant mashed potato into a medium bowl.

Combining the Ingredients.

Combining the Ingredients.

Whisk shortly the ingredients, then add cold club soda (or water at room temperature). Whisk the ingredients well. Add black pepper or chili powder. For example I prefer chili powder to black pepper. Add salt and whisk all ingredients well.

Allow the mixture to thicken a bit while it settles for the next 10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the onions. Peel and rinse the button (yellow) onions. Dry them 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.

Sliced Onion Rings.

Sliced Onion Rings.

Transfer breadcrumbs into a medium bowl, large plate, or use a plastic bag – which is more convenient to you.

Onion rings in the batter.

Onion rings in the batter.

Drop several onion rings into the batter. Using a folk turn the rings over to evenly coat in the liquid. Before transferring the coated rings into the breadcrumbs make sure the excess batter drips off the onion rings.

Breaded onion rings.

Breaded onion rings.

Then transfer the coated onion rings into the breadcrumbs. Allow to coat plentifully with the breadcrumbs.

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 the cooked onion rings 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.

Homemade onion rings.

Homemade onion rings.

The homemade crispy onion rings look gorgeous don’t they? This may become one of your special picnic food ideas. Bon appétit!
Note:
If taking the onion rings to an alfresco party transfer them in a carton or paper box – not a plastic bag. Use napkins.

 

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