Onion Rings

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Nathan and I have a fascination (especially during the summer) with attempting to recreate traditional fair foods. We’ve done corn dogs, funnel cakes, french fries, and hush puppies but this was our first attempt at onion rings. I have to admit, however, that when Nathan suggested this idea I was not excited. Honestly, I just don’t like frying things anymore for a number of reasons. There’s the health factor of course but that’s not what gets me…the two things that bug me about frying are: a) oil is finicky to work with and b) frying makes our condo smell like a fast food restaurant for the next two days.

But, marriage involves compromise and making onion rings once in a while is one of those little things that add up to make a happy union. I will even somewhat grudgingly admit that they were tasty. One issue that we had with our onion rings was that they weren’t as crispy as we were hoping for even though we know the oil was the right temperature and we fried them just until golden brown. We’ve never had a crispiness issue with our fried food in the past so we were both a little mystified as to why these onion rings turned out more ‘bready’ than with that nice exterior crunch that is associated with a successful onion ring. Still good (the vidalia onion makes these!)…just not exactly what we were shooting for. If you have tips for crispy onion rings please leave them in the comments below!

Onion Rings-031 Katryn’s Wine Pairing: Stage Left Cellars 2007 Syrah
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.0

This is an outstanding wine! It was given to us by my parents (along with a couple of other bottles of red) who received the wines through the Washington Post wine club. Way to go Washington Post because this wine is one of the best Syrahs I’ve tried! We paired it with homemade barbecue pulled pork as well as the onion rings and it made our rather non-gourmet meal feel classy. It’s a smooth and fresh medium-bodied wine, rich in berry flavors, that served to cut through the richness of our meal and provide a fruity and faintly spicy contrast. If you have the opportunity to try this wine…do it!

Onion Rings-033 Nathan’s Beer Pairing: Pikeland Pils, SlyFox Brewing Company
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.0

Like many Pils this beer starts out with sweet sugary aromas with slight grassy hop smells to boot. It poors a light golden yellow and upon tasting you are initially greeted with sweet and toasty malt flavors followed by slight but sharp and bitter hop notes. All in all a pretty solid Pils and perfect for washing down fried food like our onion rings or great on a hot, humid DC summer day!

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One Response to Onion Rings

  1. Chloe says:

    Once upon a time I was watching some cooking show and if I remember correctly they said secret is to cut the onion a day in advance and doing something to them…my guess is sprinkling them with salt so they sweat out water.(I remember this …sort…because it shocked me that onion rings could be so complicated.)

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