I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Horde Of The Rings

We take for granted just how easy some foods are to prepare ourselves. It seems that we are so conditioned to automatically purchase certain foods pre-made at a supermarket or by taking a quick trip through a drive thru. I started to think about this when a friend of mine asked me to pick up some frozen onion rings at the supermarket to have with dinner, I said you are kidding those aren’t even real onion rings. They are just minced onion and mostly bread crumbs. I told her I would just make the onion rings, she looked shocked. You know how to make onion rings (like it was some mysterious government secret) I said yes and they are really easy to make and taste a lot better than anything you’d get from a store or drive thru not to mention how much more you would get for a lot less money. So I proceeded to make the onion rings as she watched looking at me like I was some great magician. As soon as she took her first bite she never wanted store bought or drive thru again.
It really is silly the money we waste on certain foods just to save a little time, we get so little and spend so much for what? I think taking the time affords us more in our lives and it sure as hell tastes a lot better when we do.

Beer Battered Onion Rings

1 1/2 cups of flour (pancake mix also works well)
1 1/2 cups of beer, active or flat, cold or at room temperature (Guinness makes for a really rich tasting batter and color but any beer will do).
3 lbs of Bermuda onions, Vidalia or any variety that you like
4 cups shortening or oil
Salt to taste (it's best to salt them right when they come out of the fryer)

Combine flour and beer in a large bowl and blend thoroughly, using a whisk. Cover the bowl and allow the batter to sit at room temperature for no less than 3 hours. Twenty minutes before the batter is ready, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place brown paper from grocery bags or layers of paper toweling on a jelly roll pan. Carefully peel the papery skins from the onions into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices.
Separate the slices into rings and set aside.
Heat electric frying pan to 375 degrees and heat the cooking oil. With metal tongs, dip a few onion rings into batter. Then carefully place them in the hot oil. Fry rings, turning them once or twice until they're an even, delicate golden color. Now transfer to the paper-lined pan. To keep warm, place them on the middle shelf of the oven until all the onion rings have been fried.


Lidian said...

These sound delicious - I love Vidalia onions.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Amen to all that! It freaks me out to pay money for the simplest food that has been processed within an inch of it's life! Your rings are awesome and boy, will my husband be glad I've been reminded to make them again!

Julie said...

Thank you Catherine, enjoy.

Julie said...

You will love these Lidian

Tracy said...

I am very impressed. I've never made an onion ring. Those look awesome.

Julie said...

Thanks Tracy, they taste amazing you will love them.

Carla said...

You are absolutely correct. I'm always craving a good salad, but you pay anywhere between $5-$10 for a good one. I can take that money, buy the ingredients, and probably make at least two or three salads.

I haven't had onion rings in a long time. I should make these for dinner.

Julie said...

It's sad but true Carla it really is in our best interests to take the time to cook for ourselves and our families. The money we save could be put to much better use.

Carla said...

I made onion rings yesterday for dinner! I used milk instead of beer because I can't buy any just yet and it was last-minute so my dad didn't have time to run to the store. We sure do miss onion rings.

Julie said...

I bet the onion rings were a nice treat Carla.

Maxfield Family said...

oh fun! I used to make onion rings for my "profession" as a teenager! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll have to add yours to my list.

heidi at heidisrecipes.blogspot.com
Tasty Sensations

Julie said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Heidi.