From time to time whilst cooking the mundane mid week meal, the one that is created from the stuff found in the cupboard and or fridge… you know the type of meal I mean, these are the ones often dictated by the “use by date” nearest to passing the point at which the urge to put it in the bin surpasses the urge to put it in your mouth….
… the resulting meal can often be found to be uninspiring and lacking that something….
Enter a little quick ten minute wonder, the humble onion ring. Often forgotten unless a steak is in the offering, these little crunchy wonders can be a pure heavenly delight that causes you to stop talking and let out a quiet sigh of contentment. Oh and did I mention that they are super easy to make!
The extensive list of ingredients includes:
- 1 large onion (the larger the better)
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 cups of breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 3 bowls for the above
- Oil for frying
Peel and slice your onions starting from the tip and working towards the base so you can separate the slices into rings.
In bowl one put the egg and give it a quick whisk, in the second bowl put the flour and in the last bowl put the breadcrumbs.
Take a ring of onion and dust it in the flour bowl and then straight into the whisked egg and make sure it’s fully covered in the egg. Finally into the bread crumbs, make sure to cover the ring and gentle press down to aid the crumbs attaching to your onion ring.
Place the finished ring onto a large flat tray and grab your next one. Repeat the process till you have a nice big tray of crumb encrusted rings and then place the entire tray into the fridge.
Heat up the oil in a deep heavy based saucepan or your chip pan. Ideally if you have a thermometer we are looking for 180C as this is the best temperature for ensuring crispy onion rings.
Top tip: cook them in small batches as you don’t want the temperature of the oil to drop too much or you will lose the crispiness and end up with those horrible slimy pale things no one wants to eat.
Fry them till they are a nice golden colour, this will take about 3-5 minutes depending on how thickly you cut the rings at the start.
Pile them high and add to the meal you are cooking that was lacking and as if by magic the meal will be lacking no more and even the mundane will become awesome!
Did you ever try onion rings made at home?