Side dishes he exclaimed one day.
Wait I am getting ahead of myself so let us back up… One day Heather and I were trying to figure out what in the freak we want to make. Part of that process involves how many different projects can we incorporate in one dish because we are freaking lazy. Well in the haste of throwing out ideas such as beef stew, chicken marinade, etc. etc. etc. I just blurted out how about some sort of freaking side dish. At that moment we both realized holy crap we have all these awesome meat centric main dishes involving beer but the poor side dishes have been neglected. So there you have it. Feel free to thank me for these awesome beer battered onion rings.
As far as new and exciting in our life that is a big flat nothing. It is Indiana winter which means we are holed up in a house finding ourselves watching reruns of TV shows we have already seen at least five times. We have been going bananas on the smoker though since it is a pellet and dial a knob for heat is awesome.
Back to the onions. The beer for dish can be damn near any beer you like. The flavor is definitely going to come through so please make sure it is actually a beer you enjoy. We grabbed an Irish Red because there was a lonely bottle sitting in the back room. But a strong ale, especially this time of year, is an awesome idea.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
You will need:
- 1-2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 12 ounce beer
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- Couple onions sliced in 1/2 inch sections and separated.
Steps to success:
- Start with a cup of flour and combine the beer, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne.
- Mix together and keep adding flour in 1/4 cup increments until you get the consistency of pancake batter.
- Dust the onion slices with flour and shake off the excess.
- Bring your favorite frying oil up to 375 degrees. Little trick that never ceases to amaze Heather is if you lack a thermometer throw an unpopped popcorn kernel in the cold oil. When it pops the oil is about 360 and you have a tiny snack.
- When the oil is up to temperature dip the onion slices in the batter and add to the oil. Do a couple at a time so you are not crowding the pot.
- It should take 1-2 minutes a side until they are nice and golden brown.
- Remove from oil and put on a plate lined with paper towels, hit them with a little salt, and pat dry. If you have a lot to do then after they have been patted dry shove them in a 190 degree oven until you are done. Personally we just devoured them as they came out of the oil.