I’ve had my fair share of onion rings but there is one restaurant who, in my opinion, makes 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 beer battered onion rings, but every bite was well worth it!
**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 beer battered 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…
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