Celebrating Don's 63rd birthday, I was pondering what would make the evening a special one.
1-quart peanut oil for frying or as needed
2 large Walla Walla Sweet Onions (Sliced 1/4 inch thick) Have to toot because my husband has to have all the bells and whistles & kitchen gadgets here. The best way to slice your veggies is a mandolin. Plenty for a dinner for two.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Chilli powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup milk
3/4 cups dry bread crumbs or 6 slices of bread toasted in oven
40 saltine crackers (entire package) crushed with rolling pin
seasoned salt to taste
Oh, I almost forgot. Tony Bennett Radio adds to the atmosphere!
Heat the oil in a deep-fryer/deep frying pan 365 degrees. (Don has a dandy pan from his turkey frying set that worked great even indoors. Plus a strainer.
Slice and separate onions into rings set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and seasonings.
Dip the onion slices into flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside. Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture to make your batter. Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping. We propped ours over the sink to catch the drips. Worked great. Spread the bread/cracker crumbs out in a rectangle cake pan. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, scoop and covers the slices. Repeat with remaining rings.
Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to oven pan to drain and set. We used a roasting pan with a brown paper bag and several paper towels over the top. Great way to soak up extra oil and keep warm in the oven while you are preparing the rest of the rings. Season with salt and serve. Fun to cook these together.
We ate them till we couldn't! Seriously.