The first time I tasted an onion ring, I couldn’t believe the message my taste buds were sending me. The fried circle of golden dough I had just bitten into looked like a French fry but tasted so much more interesting. It was sweet, a little juicy, and I quickly reached for another, thrilled with yet another fine food discovery that first summer in America.
When I finally tried making onion rings at home, instead of reserving them for a treat to have at a local burger joint, I realized that homemade onion rings are actually fairly easy to make, and certainly more forgiving than homemade French Fries. All you need is a sweet onion, preferably Vidalia, and some pancake mix, along with some oil to fry them in.
Homemade Onion Rings
2/3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 cup of corn meal
2 large Vidalia onions, sliced into inch wide slices
- Heat up your frying oil. Test it for heat with a little batter. Throw it in and if it sizzles and turns brown, your batter is hot enough to get started.
- Beat eggs slightly; blend in milk. Add remaining ingredients.
- Cut thick slices of onion. Separate into rings.
- Dip in batter and fry until golden brown. Feel free to adjust the milk and cornmeal to find a consistency you like for batter.