Do you have one of those items that if you go out to eat you order it? I do. They are onion rings. Whether they are fried in batter, breadcrumbs, tempura - it doesn't matter. Something about these delicious rings coated in anything then deep fried is heavenly to me. I compare it to pizza or chocolate - even when it's bad, it's good.
I actually came across a video on You Tube one day from someone named Food Wishes and had to try the recipe. His secret ingredient is instant mashed potatoes and I would normally be a skeptic, but the video was so convincing, I gave them a try. Here is the video if you would like to take a peek and below that is his recipe. Crunchy and delicious!
One thing I wanted to add is to make sure that your oil is at or around 350 degrees (I used a candy thermometer) to get the crispiest onion ring. If your oil isn't hot enough you will have soggy rings and if it is too hot, they will burn. Either way, they won't be good so use a thermometer.
Food Wishes Crispy Onion Rings
(adapted from Food Wishes)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons instant mashed potatoes
big pinch of cayenne
1 cup cold club soda
2-3 cups Panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs), or as needed
fine salt to taste
vegetable oil for frying
2-3 yellow onions, cut into 1/4-inch rings
Heat your oil to 350 degrees over medium high heat.
Mix flour, corn starch, potatoes, and cayenne together in a medium bowl. Add the club soda and let sit for about ten minutes.
Meanwhile pour the breadcrumbs in a shallow place and cut the onions into 1/4 inch rings.
Dip the onions in the wet batter and then coat them in breadcrumbs. Repeat until all onions are coated.
Dip onions in batches into the hot oil. Fry for approximately 60-90 seconds per side. Be careful not to overcrowd the oil as this will make the rings less crispy.