These...are...AMAZING. Like my previous reasoning for wanting to try to make safe fried foods at home, I decided that I had to see if I could create an onion ring as good as any I've had at a restaurant. I even went that extra step further, and actually made them BETTER than any I've had anywhere. You're probably thinking, "ugh here she goes again saying how everything she makes is better than at a restaurant," but it's true. These really are, and once you make them, you will understand why!
Ingredients (makes 4 heaping servings):
1 Large onion (any kind you like)
1 1/4 Cups of flour
1 Teaspoon of baking powder
1 Teaspoon of salt
5 Tablespoons of water
3/4 Cup of Panko
Pinch of extra salt for garnish
4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon BBQ sauce
Lay your onion on it's side and slice vertically so that when you cut it you can see the rings of the onion. Cut roughly 1/4 slices, then separate the onion rings from each other, making sure not to break any of the rings. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture and then place individually on a wire rack. Once all of the onion rings have been dipped into the dry flour mixture, whisk the egg and water into the flour mixture using a fork. Re-dip the dry floured onion rings into the new liquid batter, and then re-place separately onto the wire rack. Allow all of the excess batter to drip from the onion rings (you may want to place a paper towel or tin foil underneath to catch any drippings). While waiting, spread Panko on a plate, and heat a large skillet filled with about a quarter of an inch of Olive Oil. Dip the battered onion rings in the Panko, and be sure to fully coat. Place the onion rings in the pan of oil one at a time, turning once, for a total or 2-3 minutes. Continuously add more oil as needed to keep it at about a quarter of an inch in height in the pan. Remove onion rings from the pan, onto a paper towel to drain off the excess oil, and then directly to the plate. For the dipping sauce, just mix together the mayonnaise and BBQ sauce. Dip the onion ring into the sauce, take a bite, and I'm sure you can figure the rest out from there!