British American Night: Onion Rings

Burgers without onion rings is like a bed without a duvet. Just not right. Therefore they had to feature in our British American night. The onion rings use a very simple batter that doesn’t take that long to make at all. If you’re thinking “oh, I can’t do this I don’t have a deep fat fryer” then never fear as neither do we!! We just used a wok and filled it a third of the way up with oil (sorry guys I don’t think FryLite would work in this case). You can use any oil you wish in our case we just used the bog standard vegetable oil. But chilli or garlic or both infused oil would give you a different hint of flavour. After going on a batter research and reading many people’s opinions; beer batter came up top trumps ! And well let’s face it beer is batter with everything (that’s a Meg joke right there). Anyway I won’t bottle up this recipe anymore (yes once again, Meg).

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Large onions (cut into rings)
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of beer
  • Extra flour for coating

Method:

  1. Either heat up a deep fat fryer, or put some oil in a saucepan, about 1 quarter to a third up the saucepan and heat it up.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the beer and the flour together and whisk so all the lumps are out. Set in the fridge for about 20-40 minutes, dependent on how long you’ve got.
  3. Whilst the batter is in the fridge, cut the onions into rings and create as many as you like.
  4. Test to see if the oil is hot enough by dropping a bit of the batter in and if it sizzles instantly, it’s ready for cooking.
  5. Coat an onion ring in the flour and then in the batter and place in the oil.
  6. Cook for about 4-7 minutes depending on the size and it will be a nice golden brown colour.
  7. Do the onion rings in batches of 3-4 depending on the size of your fryer or saucepan.

If you did want a healthy option you could just have plain fried onions with your burgers, but we all need a treat every once in a while. If you make too many onion rings (like we did) pop them in the freezer and save them for another day. Just lay them out on a baking tray and pop them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes on 180c and Bob’s you’re uncle!

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