Thursday, May 29, 2014

Onion Ring Brick


I'm not sure if they still have these Onion Ring Bricks at Tony Roma's, but now you don't need to go there to get it.  This is a fun way to serve onion rings to a crowd.  Serve with ranch or ketchup or however you like to eat your onion rings.

ONION RING BRICK
1 large red onion or 2-3 large yellow onions
2 1/2 C flour
1 T garlic powder (plus extra for soaking)
1 T onion powder (plus extra for soaking)
1 teaspoon paprika (plus extra for soaking)
1 T seasoned salt (like Lawry's) (plus extra for soaking)
Buttermilk (buy a quart, but you might not use it all)
Peanut oil, for frying

Slice the onions into rings as thin as you can get them.  Put them in a 9 x 13 casserole pan.  Pour in enough buttermilk to cover the onions.  Sprinkle in some (all the extras) garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and seasoned salt.  Stir to combine.  Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Mix together the flour, the measured garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and seasoned salt.  Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or deep pot to 350 degrees.  Dredge the onions in the flour, back into the buttermilk, and back into the flour.  Fry them in batches until they are golden brown, probably less than 5 minutes.  Drain on a paper towel and then press them into a loaf pan.  When they are all cooked and pressed into the pan, turn them out onto a plate to serve.

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