One day, months ago, after Ben and I were watching a show on the Food Network about fried foods, Ben had asked me to recreate the beer battered onion rings that were featured. Knowing I’m not one to frequently bust out a vat of oil to “waste” on frying, I quickly filed his request in the very back of my mind. No, seriously, the very back shelf of my brain that is probably full of dust and other undesirable recipe requests.
Onion rings have never been one of my favorite foods. The only time I’ve ever had them was when someone else ordered them at a restaurant and shared one or two with me. Regardless, when I was planning out my menu for the Oktoberfest Burgers, the dusty old onion ring file jumped to the forefront of my thoughts and I just couldn’t push it out of my mind. Ben was going to get his wish. I quickly searched for a few recipes, combined them together to suit my tastes, then whipped up these lovely fried circles of joy.
Despite my previous aversion to onion rings, I certainly enjoyed these! It is important to use a nuttier beer, as it accounts for most of the flavor in the batter. You can spice up the batter however you wish. I chose to keep it simple with a little bit of garlic powder and smoked paprika. Keeping it basic allows the edge of the beer to shine through and doesn’t overpower the onion. Plus, it’s all about the dipping sauce anyway, right?
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