Who loves onion rings?! Raise your hands! You can't see, but I have them both up! I don't usually make them from scratch at home but after checking out the frozen options I had to give it a go. Bagged frozen varieties are usually full of ingredients I can't pronounce and either an overwhelming seasoning or seasonings we don't care for. The seasoning is simple with these, just salt. You can taste the vegetable and if you want to dip it in your favorite sauce it won't clash with the flavors.
I'm a ketchup dipper myself but plenty of us Midwesterners dip them in ranch dressing. I also enjoy them as a crunchy condiment on my BBQ cheeseburger or grilled chicken sandwich!
My mind has me going and I think the next time I make these I will fry extra and freeze them. Then I will reheat them in the oven. One mess, many meals!
Oh and if you like other fried vegetables and 'shrooms, this works well for those too.
Homemade Crunchy Onion Rings and Other Deep Fried Vegetables
1 large onion, cut into 1/4" slices and separated
1-1/4 cups flour ( I used einkorn flour from Jovial Foods)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
3/4 cup bread crumbs ( I used Gluten Free 4C Crumbs and pulsed them so they are smaller)
Canola oil or lard (enough to cover veggies in large sauce pan or deep fat fryer)
Ketchup, ranch dressing or other favorite dipping sauce
Whole Mushrooms, washed and dried
Broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
Cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
Your oil will need to be heated to 375* to fry.
In medium bowl stir together flour, salt and baking powder. Dip veggies into flour mix and set aside.Mix egg and milk into flour.
Dip veggies into batter, tapping off some of the excess and place on wire rack that has been placed over cookie sheet (to catch drippings.) You could also put the rack over newspaper. Allow to sit until not dripping. By the time I was done with the last one the first one was done dripping.
Dip battered veggies into crumbs to coat. Gently tap off excess crumbs.
Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on wire rack or paper towels.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or on top of a burger or grilled chicken sandwich!