Beer Batter Onion Rings
We made a birthday dinner for our son, Taylor. My husband, Scott grilled steaks and corn. I made macaroni and cheese, green beans and oven roasted rosemary potatoes. Don't ask me at what point I decided we needed fried onion rings to go with the above mentioned feast. Oh and I don't want to forget to mention the ice cream cake I made earlier in the day-6 am- with layers of crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate syrup, chocolate mint gelato, vanilla almond coconut gelato and hazelnut chocolate gelato, did I mention chocolate? I think I decided to make onion rings because I could, it was one of those decisions that was premeditated, that I have no good excuse for and they were a huge hit! Sometimes you just have to bring that deep fryer out of hiding. Here is the recipe, thanks Martha.
Recipe and Ingredients for Beer Batter Onion Rings
2 cups all purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup beer
2 tablespoons ice water
Peanut oil for frying
2 large yellow onions, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices and separated into rings
Place one cup of flour in a medium bowl.
Whisk together one cup flour, salt, white pepper and baking powder in a separate medium bowl. Whisk in the beer and ice water until combined.
Heat at least 3 inches of oil to 375F over medium high heat in a heavy pot on the stove.
Dredge the onions in flour, coating well and shaking off excess. Dip the onion rings in the beer batter about 6-8 at a time, let the excess batter drip back in the bowl. Carefully add the onions to the hot oil. Cook until light brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with sea salt, serve hot.
Note: We made a dipping sauce of ketchup mixed with sriracha to taste.