Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings

These are simply the best beer battered onion rings you’ll ever eat. I know, I know…fried foods aren’t good for you. But every once in a while, I make an exception. These are so worthy of an exception, trust me. They are mind-meltingly good. We nibbled them as they cooked because our fryer would only hold about 5 at time without them sticking together.

Beer Battered Onion Rings

1 cup soymilk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 large onion (sweet)
1 cup flour (divided use)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
few grinds of pepper
3/4 cup beer
oil for frying

Combine the milk with the apple cider vinegar. Stir together and set aside.

Peel the onion and slice into rings about 1/2 an inch wide. Separate them and add to the milk/acv mixture. Let sit for an hour or so, stirring them every so often so they all get a dip in the liquid.

Heat your oil to about 350 degrees using whatever you normally use to fry. Even though you don’t normally fry foods, of course.

Combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, pepper and the garlic powder in a pie plate. Then combine the beer with the remaining 1/2 cup flour in another pie plate.

Take the rings, one at a time, and dip them in the dry flour mixture, then in the beer/flour mixture. Drop in the oil and fry until golden. Drain on a brown bag then serve those golden rings of o’s.

Seitan Panini

Just to prove we didn’t just eat onion rings for dinner that night, as tempting as it was, we went for a diner style dinner with a seitan panini. After this, I barely moved the rest of the night. But it was worth it.

About that cheese on the sandwich? It’s the FYH Monterey Jack that is experiencing a resurgence over at the PPK. I tried it a few years ago and hated it. But rumor has it that they’ve changed the product some, so we gave it another try. Either my tasts buds have also changed, or it really IS a lot better! You can see how nicely it melted on the left half, but on the right half, not so much. The key must be to cut it super thin. The true test will be the mozzarella style on pizza. I’ll keep you posted.

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25 Comments

  1. Posted March 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    holy wow! i LOVE onion rings, and will definitely make an exception in my fried foods love/hate relationship to make these! thanks for the recipe :) and your panini looks great, too! fyh cheeses melt pretty well as long as they’re covered, so if you do it on pizza, i’d cover it in foil and leave it in the oven like that for awhile to get it to melt. it also makes killer pizza rolls. mmmm.

  2. Posted March 1, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    so delicious looking! And you might have convinced me to give FYH another try.

  3. Posted March 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    score.

    things like onion rings & french fries are still vegan = awesome.

  4. Posted March 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    A beer-based vegan onion ring — life doesn’t get any better! And the panini looks amazing too!

  5. Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm yum! I remember being totally addicted to these onion ring chips when I was about 12. They discontinued them but I’ve no doubt these would satisfy that craving and then some!

  6. Posted March 2, 2009 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Oooh, I would totally be making these right now if I wasn’t afraid of frying stuff. Those seitan panini look great too.

  7. Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    YUM is all I can say- and then I’ll be couched for awhile after gorging!

    Hey, I finished my post for the FoodBuzz event- your curry lime wing sauce was a hit! Thanks again!!

    Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/bbhe85

  8. Posted March 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never fried anything. If I eat french fries in a restaurant, then /i don’t have to see them deep-fried and I can lie to myself a little. But I might have to face a big boiling pot of oil for vegan onion rings. Thanks for the recipe, and nice blog!

  9. Posted March 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    i feel the same way about fried foods, but every now and then my body hungers for grease like a vampire craves…well, you know.

    i have a severe alcohol allergy and wanted to let you know that i’ve subbed root beer in place of recipes that call for beer in the batter and it works out awesome.

  10. Posted March 3, 2009 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Wow! I can’t believe I’ve never made beer battered onion rings – they look amazing – and the pairing with a seitan panini is perfect.

  11. Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    three cheers for beer! and fried foods (on occasion)! :)

  12. Posted March 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    If I am going to make an exception to eat something naughty it is definitely going to be a meal like that. The combination of onion rings and a panini is making me long for lunch…1 hour to go!

  13. Posted March 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness those things look delicious!

  14. Posted March 3, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    wowza those rings are gorgeous… not that i’d ever engage in such greasy debauchery… mine are never so crisply coated looking… not that I’d ever make those… hahahah! Love it! NOM!!! I think we’re going to have french fries & onion rings for din din tonight!

    Chreesy Sidenote: I just got the FYH cheddar but was vaguely disapointed… good enough on sandwiches but by itself… eck… I’ve heard rave reviews about the mozzarella though… not sure if I’m ready to test the waters with the jack

  15. Posted March 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, everyone! I really hope someone indulges in these. I have faith in you especially, Guava, since it sounds like they might be on the menu!

    Jen, that’s fascinating about root beer. I never would have guessed it for a sub.

    Thanks, Allularpunk, for the cheezy tip.

    I gotta say, the FYH was pretty good on the pizza. We did a blend of mozz and monterey. They taste a lot better than they used to…and I can even eat the jack just on a triscuit. Pretty amazing!

  16. Posted March 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I would have thought it was perfectly acceptable to just eat onion rings for dinner….. but the sandwich looks awesome too.

  17. Posted March 5, 2009 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    looks really good. you’re so right about greasy onion rings – they are good once in a while. I think the malty taste of beer makes a great batter.

    the panini looks yummy too. I love FYH.

  18. Posted March 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    y to the u to the double m y. lame =. let me rephrase: yuuuuuuuuummy!

  19. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    If you don’t feel like cooking onion rings and are in DC, try Z Burger. The onion rings at Z Burger are amazing. They stand out as some of the best onion rings in the District.

  20. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    If you don’t feel like cooking onion rings and are in DC, try Z Burger. The onion rings at Z Burger are amazing. They stand out as some of the best onion rings in the District.

  21. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    If you don’t feel like cooking onion rings and are in DC, try Z Burger. The onion rings at Z Burger are amazing. They stand out as some of the best onion rings in the District.

  22. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    If you don’t feel like cooking onion rings and are in DC, try Z Burger. The onion rings at Z Burger are amazing. They stand out as some of the best onion rings in the District.

  23. Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    If you don’t feel like cooking onion rings and are in DC, try Z Burger. The onion rings at Z Burger are amazing. They stand out as some of the best onion rings in the District.

  24. Anonymous
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    i just made these and i was quite disappointed :( they came out way to greasy even after multiple drainings ( reminded me of my meat eating days and those greasy terrible jack in the box onion rings yuck!) the batter was also very tasteless i was so sad because this recipe looked great usually i’m good at telling before I cook it if it’ll be good. I am left still craving those dank vegan onion rings my amazing sister and law made damn i wish i still lived with her!!! now I have to wait till next month for my alloted greasy food night waaaaaaaaaa!!

  25. Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Anon, sorry these didn’t turn our for you. Just doing some long distance trouble shooting, but if things come out too greasy, it’s generally because the oil isn’t hot enough. Sorry!

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