Friday, June 17, 2011

Delicious Crispy Vegan Onion Rings!

Last night I had a crazy hankering for fried food.  I usually do not fry anything at home, but sometimes I just get in that mood (like the time I made super delicious, yet unbelievably unhealthy Vegan Double Down).  I had seen onion rings being made twice on the Food Network last week and on a few blogs as well, so I thought I would give them a try.  They came out really crunchy and delicious, much like the onion stings at Chili's. Super Yum!  Here is how I did it.

 1-2 Vidalia onions or another sweet onion
  1 cup plain Silk Creamer (you can use whatever non-dairy milk you would like, but the creamer is a little thicker).
  1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  Flour Breading:
  1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  1/2 to1 tsp. salt
  1/2 to1 tsp. pepper
  1/4 tsp. paprika
  1/4 tsp. garlic powder
 Lots of Canola or Vegetable oil for frying.

In a measuring cup, combine Silk creamer, vinegar and cayenne.  Let sit for a few minutes to curdle. In the meantime, peel and slice the onions to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and separate into rings.  Place rings in a shallow dish and cover with "Buttermilk" mixture to soak for about 15 to 20 minutes.  In a large ziplock bag or air tight container, combine flour and spices.  While the onions are soaking, heat oil in a shallow frying pan, using enough oil to be about 1 to 2 inches deep.

Once the onions have been soaking long enough, place them into your flour mixture and seal your bag and/or airtight container and shake the onions in the mixture until they are fully coated.
Place coated onion rings in the hot oil, a few at a time to not over crowd. Flip the onion rings once or twice while frying for even cooking.

Once onion rings are golden brown, remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.  Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired and enjoy!!


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