Beer batter is perfect
for deep frying seafood, chicken nuggets, or crunchy vegetables. The beer contributes a nice, yeasty flavor. It's the stuff
that gives fish and chips that "wow" factor.
A favorite around my house is Beer Batter Onion Rings on lazy
Sunday afternoons. Add friends and family, mulled wine, and a movie to the mix
for a wonderfully laid back occasion. Or serve beer and watch the big game for
a not-so-laid-back afternoon. Batter up!
You'll be surprised at the pile of onion rings this makes. It's a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 12-ounce beer (1 1/2 cups)
3-4 large onions (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste
Mix the flour, salt, pepper, oil and eggs together in a medium-large size bowl. Pour in the beer and whisk until thoroughly combined and lump-free.
Peel the onions and slice them into about 3/8" thick rounds. Separate the rings.
Dip the rings in the batter, shaking off any excess, and fry in batches in
hot (375°) oil until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Turn and continue frying
for another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are golden brown. Remove and drain on
paper towels. Salt to taste.