Onion rings? WTF? That’s not a cupcake or cake or a cookie! You’re right!! It’s not!! BUT…. It is #OnionLove month with my BlogHop group and I’ve been dying to test out a recipe for a Bloomin Onion at home.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a deep fryer and I wasn’t about to run out and buy a Fry Daddy just to make this onion. Cause, let’s be honest here… I’d start deep frying everything and that’d be bad for my waist line. I mean, realllllly bad.
So… Onion rings instead. Easier to control the heat in the oil and just as delicious!
The batter for the onions is really quite simple… and genius actually. The key ingredients… beer and pancake batter! Yup… who knew that pancake mix would make THE BEST batter for these onion rings!
The beer I used, well… since I’m here in Germany and Oktoberfest is right around the corner, I used the seasonal Oktoberfest Bier by Paulaner. If you’re not familiar with Paulaner, it’s the largest brewery in Munich, Germany… and it’s DELICIOUS. It added a rich dimension to the batter and was really quite delicious to finish off after I added what I needed to the recipe. hehe (PS… any lager would work for this recipe if your store doesn’t carry Paulaner.)
- 1-2 quarts vegetable oil
- 2 large yellow or sweet onions, sliced & separated
- 1 6.75oz package Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- cracked black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp chili powder (more if you want more heat!)
- 1/4 cup Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier (or whatever lager you have on hand)
- 2/3 cup 1000 Island dressing
- 2 Tbsp horseradish (the spreadable kind in a jar)
- 1 tsp chili powder (more if you want more heat)
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- Cut onion into 1/4 inch slices. Separate slices into rings. Season with cracked black pepper.
- Heat about 1 1/2-2 quarts of vegetable oil in a large pot. You want the oil hot, but not smoking.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the pancake mix and all the seasonings.
- Whisk enough beer until you get a batter thin enough to coat the onion rings yet still be able to tap off the excess.
- Using tongs, dunk each onion ring into the cake batter. Tap off excess.
- Submerge onion rings in hot oil. Cook until edges begin to brown (about 10-15 seconds), flip and cook another 5 seconds. Remove immediately and place on a paper towel lined plate. NOTE: Do not over crowd the pan, cook 4-5 rings at a time, depending on how big your pot is. You don't want them touching while they cook.
- Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the 1000 Island, horseradish, chili powder and pepper.
- Serve in a bowl with the onion rings.
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