Thursday, February 21, 2013

Onion Rings - Za Za Zingy Beer Battered Sesame seed Onion Rings

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Can you see those little flecks of black on these?  Those are sesame seeds in the batter.  The quick frying of the batter makes the seeds open up and release their flavor into the crust.  Just a little something extra to set yours apart...

And if you've been reading all along, you know that when I add sesame to a dish, I am usually adding my Sesame Seed with Kosher Salt Herb Mix.  It's a mixture of Sea Salt, whit and black sesame seeds and a little dried garlic.  This mix is a terrific way to add just a little salt, but lots of flavor if you are trying to cut down on your salt intake.  But in no way do you feel like this is a low salt dish.

And, as I said, frying, baking or heating these up in some way really makes the spices zing.

In fact, Za Za Zing...

Here's what I did...

onions, sliced about 1/4 inch thick and separated into rings
3 cups flour (separated into two batches)
2 TBS Sesame Seed Herb Mix (a mix of white and black seeds, Kosher Salt and dried garlic)
1 bottle of Killians Irish Red beer (well, not the whole bottle, and feel free to use your own personal beer of choice)
Enough Canola oil to fill 3/4 inch of your heavy frying pan

Mix 2 cups of the flour and the Sesame seeds herb mix  together in a bowl. Add enough beer to make a pancake like batter.  Then add a little more.  you want a thin batter.

Heat your oil up. Do the water drop test to see if it is hot enough. Sprinkle a couple drops of water into the oil. If it pops and splatters, it is ready (JUST A COUPLE DROPS).

Set up a little assembly line, or your kitchen will be a mess, and your wife will be pissed (or worse than that, you will have to clean up yourself).

  • Coat a few rings in the set aside 1 cup of flour.
  • Coat in the batter
  • Fry em up. Like Julia says about mushrooms, "Don't crowd the rings".
  • They cook fast, flip them after 2 minutes, and finish with a second 2 minute cook
  • Remove from the oil and let them drain on a couple paper towels
  • Try to eat just one

Remember the Blue Cheese Bacon Sliders  from last week?

The onion rings were the side dish served with them.

Bar Snacks at home... what could be better!

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