3 or 4 large yellow onons
1 qt (4 cups) buttermilk
1 c all-purpose flour
2/3 c cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder with or without parsley
salt and pepper
24 oz can of beer, alcohol disapates when cooked
1 Tbsp olive oil
FOR THE OUTER COATING
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
8 oz Panko bread crumbs (not regular bread crumbs)
1 tsp garlic powder without parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1 c mayonnaise (I use Best Foods)
1 1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 Tbsp creamed horseradish
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp oregano, dried
1/4 tsp salt
FOR DEEP FRYING
deep fryer or electric fry pan with a tempature gadge. if using a pan on the stove you will need a deep fry thermometer.
you need enough oil to be about 4″ deep. i prefer peanut oil, but vegetable oil works too.
1. Using a nice sharp knife cut onions half an inch thick. Remove all outer brown layers, then carefully separate the rings. (You can save the tiny center rings for your other dishes.) Put rings in a bowl and pour buttermilk over them, then cover and let sit in the fridge for an hour.
2. Mix together all 8 ingredients for the dipping sauce in a bowl and stir until it’s nice and creamy. Cover and put in the fridge until it’s time to serve.
Deep Fried Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce
3. Now you will make your dredging station. First, combine the 1 cup of flour and next 6 dry ingredients, down to the salt and pepper, and whisk them together. Using your whisk, add beer to the mixture until it is the consistency of heavy cream. It will not need the entire can of beer. It’s okay to have some lumps. Now add olive oil and set aside while you prepare the rest of your dredging station.
4. Put the 1 1/2 cups of flour in a pie pan or large soup bowl. In another pie pan or large soup bowl, combine Panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, and salt. Toss to combine with a fork. Now you are ready to start dredging your onion rings.
5. Now set up your dredging station. You need a wire cooling rack placed over a cookie sheet to put your onions once you have dredged them. First, you want your dish of flour next to your beer batter. Then your panko bread crumb mixture. Put your wire rack next to it. Set up your frying station so that your oil can start heating. You need it to come to 375 degrees before you put any of your onion rings in. You want to hold the heat at 375. It takes a little while to reach 375.
6. Take out the bowl with the onions in buttermilk, drop 2 or 3 onion rings into the flour and evenly dust them with flour; shake off excess. Then drop them in the beer batter and evenly coat them; shake off excess. Now drop them into the panko bread crumb mixture and evenly coat. Place on the rack to rest while you dredge more onions.
7. When your oil reaches 375 gently drop a few of your coated onions into the oil, being very careful not to splash any of the oil. DO NOT overfill your fryer or they will stick together. I turn them over every couple minutes until they are a nice golden brown. You can continue to dredge your other onions while your first batch is frying. When they reach the desired doneness, lift them from the oil and put on a paper towel lined plate. You can put them in the oven on the keep warm setting (if you don’t have that heat the oven then turn it off, you don’t want it too hot).
8. Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy! You know you have a perfect onion ring if when you bite into it the onion does not pull out of the coating. I know it sounds like a lot of work but really it goes together fairly easy, and darn they taste so good! Your family and friends will love them, now sit back and enjoy.