If you love fried foods as much as most Americans, you probably love onion rings. Next to the French Fry, onion rings are the most popular fried treat. While they are widely recognized and available at just about every fast food restaurant many people don’t realize that with a few simple ingredients and a little time, onion rings are a simple treat to whip up at home. I have an easy recipe for onion rings that I make with my family all the time.
Before you begin there are several ingredients you need to pick up. A few bucks and a quick trip to your local grocery store are all that is required. The list of ingredients are as follows:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia, sliced 1/4-to-1/2-inch thick
Once you’ve purchased all the ingredients it’s time to start cooking. Begin by preheating your oven to 450° Fahrenheit. Place parchment paper on two baking seats and set them aside for the moment. Grab a small bowl and combine the flour, paprika and two teaspoons of salt. In another small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Add half of the flour mixture to the buttermilk and eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth and thickened. In a third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs, olive oil and two teaspoons of salt.
Now it’s time to get messy. Lightly dredge the onions you sliced in the flour. Then proceed to dip them in the buttermilk batter. Drain the excess batter and lightly dredge the onion ring in the panko bread crumbs. It helps if you use one hand to dredge the onion in the flour and breadcrumbs and the other to dip it in the batter. This wet hand/dry hand method prevents the flour and breadcrumbs from sticking to your hands and making a big mess.
Once all the onion rings have been prepared, arrange them on the baking sheets in a single layer. You can place smaller rings inside bigger rings if necessary, just make sure there is space between them. Once all the onion rings are on the sheet, place the trays in the oven. Cook your onion rings until they are golden brown (Approximately 14-20 minutes). Halfway through the cooking time, pull the trays out of the oven and flip each onion ring over to ensure even cooking. Once finished you will have crispy, golden brown, onion rings to enjoy!
This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it as a side dish with a variety of meals. They are tasty enough on their own, but if you are feeling adventurous they go well with a variety of sauces that can be made at home as well. If you love onions and crispy snacks these onion rings are the perfect recipe for you.