I’ve had my fair share of onion rings but there is only restaurant who, in my opinion, can make the best onion rings. The secret? Not only are they beer battered but they are dusted in generous amounts of parmesan cheese! I know it’s a new year, which means starting healthy, but I have to give in to my indulgences once in a while too. I had to run 3 miles and bike 26 miles to not feel guilty eating these onion rings, but every bite was well worth it!
- 1 tsp chipotle
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup dark beer
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick, rings separated
- 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- Make the chipotle ketchup by whisking together the pureed chipotle with ketchup. Set aside.
- Preheat frying oil to 350 degrees.
- Prepare batter by whisking together beer - salt and pepper. Dip the sliced onion rings into the batter, making sure to evenly coat the onion. Carefully add to the heated oil. Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel lined plate. Immediately sprinkle parmesan on the onion rings. Repeat with remaining onion.
- Serve with chipotle ketchup.
- Use sweeter onions for making onion rings. White onions are generally more pungent than yellow. Some suggestions include Vidalia, Walla Walla, Rio Sweet or Oso Sweet.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Onion rings are a popular appetizer served at any many restaurants for two reasons. One, everyone loves them, and two, they’re easy to prepare. It’s as simple as slicing onions, making a batter, and frying!
My favorite way to prepare onion rings (as well as fish for fish tacos) is to use a beer batter. In my experience, beer batters yield a crispier food that actually stays crispy even after a good amount of time. I served the leftover onion rings to a friend several hours later and I could still hear the crunch from the batter!
Why beer? In addition to the crispiness, the bubbles in the beer create an effect in the batter called the leavening effect. This basically means that the beer adds body and lightness to the batter. Choosing a dark beer also adds flavor to the onion rings. If you prefer to stay away from alcoholic beverages, substitute with another carbonated liquid such as tonic water or sprite.
Make sure to finely grate the parmesan since you want the cheese to melt on the onion rings. As for the condiment, serve with delicious chipotle ketchup, buttermilk ranch, honey mustard, or whatever you desire! These onion rings are, dare I say, even better than the ones served at my favorite restaurant! Incredibly light, crispy onion rings with just the right amount of cheese, dipped in a spicy ketchup – perfection! I might have to run another 3 miles after this…