Here’s yet another post about one of the items featured at our “Applebee’s at Home” date night. I LOVE onion rings and fell in love with these. The pictures look a little different than normal onion rings because I used panko rather than regular bread crumbs. They tasted the same but just didn’t turn completely golden brown. We dipped these in several of the dips we had around… spinach and artichoke dip, marinara sauce, cheese dip. These can be changed up a little by adding some different spices (Italian seasoning, ground red pepper, etc.) into the bread crumb mixture for the final dipping. Ingredients
2 small onions, cut into 1/4″ slices and separated into individual rings
1 1/4 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for final seasoning
1 cup milk, more if needed
1 1/2 cups panko or regular bread crumbs
oil for frying
Directions and Notes
1. Mix the flour, baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, egg, and milk in one bowl. Add more milk until the mixture is neither too thick nor too thin. It should be the consistency of a thick liquid that can coat the onion rings but is still thin enough to drip off. Put the panko in a separate dish.
2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a medium pan. The oil should be 1-2 inches deep.
3. When the oil is heated, dip the onion pieces into the flour mixture. Allow any excess batter to drip back into the bowl and then roll them in the panko until they are well-coated.
4. Place the onion rings, several at a time, into the hot oil and allow them to fry 1-2 minutes until light golden brown, then flip and allow them to fry one to two more minutes.
5. Remove from oil and drain. Continue until all of the onion rings are prepared.