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)
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.
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!!