In the warmer months, I eat a lot of sandwiches. Easy to assemble with fresh and tasty meats, cheeses and veggies. The sandwiches are always different and don’t bore my palate, but the same cannot be said about the side dish that accompanies the sandwich.
The side dish became an afterthought during sandwich time for me and often ended up being a pile of potato chips. Recently, I found myself with all the ingredients for a yummy hoagie, but no chips in sight. Glancing around, I spied a bag of onions on my kitchen counter and got to work frying some rings.
These onion rings are so easy to make, taste so delicious, and do not take a huge amount of time to prepare. They’re light and airy while retaining a crispy, crunchy shell. They’re a really fun side to your sandwiches or just on their own for a special snack.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
1 1/2 large sweet onions, cut into rings
2 cups flour, divided in half
1 12 ounce beer
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil, for frying
Cut onions 1/2 inch thick. Soak in buttermilk and hot sauce for 30 minutes.
While the rings are soaking in the buttermilk, heat the oil to 350 F.
Combine 1 cup flour, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Mix the remaining cup of flour with 12 ounces of beer. Set aside.
Remove the onion rings from the buttermilk and place in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour and dip in the beer batter. Shake off any excess batter and fry for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t overcrowd the pan, the rings will stick together.
When brown, remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Season with salt immediately.
Serve with horseradish ranch dipping sauce and enjoy!