Onion Ring Batter

I have a memory of being just three years old and riding in the back of our truck with a camper shell on it and the sliding center window to the truck open, where my parents and baby brother were seated. We were driving to a drive-in restaurant which I believe may have been called the Red Owl or something similar because I remember a big owls head was their logo. This was in the Midwest around 1973.

I knew when we got there I was going to get to order onion rings. Oh how I loved onion rings!! I remember pulling in and my parents ordering dinner for themselves and all I wanted was onion rings. They prodded me; no burger? no drink? no french fries? Nope! Just onion rings! And I specifically remember getting that little paper boat of hot onion rings and sitting on the wheel well to enjoy them.

I still love onion rings... but I really, really hate to make them because I don't like dredging anything in egg, flour, milk, cornmeal, etc. I don't know why, but the dipping and dredging process irks me and I can't stand to do it. Still, to get the flavor of good, fresh onion rings, sometimes I do. And in the meantime I keep looking out for the 'perfect' batter recipe. I haven't found it yet... but this one is close. I think you could also try this for fried zucchini and shrimp batter as well!

1/2 c milk
1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t sugar
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t garlic salt
1 onion,cut into thin rings

1/2 c flour
1/2 c corn meal
1 t garlic salt

Mix the milk, flour and seasonings. Place the onions in the batter and stir gently to cover. Let set 30 minutes. Mix the remaining flour,cornmeal and garlic salt in another bowl. Remove onions from batter, dredge in the flour/cornmeal mix and deep fry until golden brown and crisp (about 3-5 minutes).Print Friendly and PDF