How to Make French Fried Onions

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It is very easy to make French fried onions, and once you have made them you're going to want to serve them often. French fried onions, also known as fried onion rings, make a delicious addition to any meal, and can also be served as an appetizer or an evening snack.

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Things you need

  • 3 large sweet onions
  • Flour for dredging
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking pan
  • Paper towels
  • Plate or plastic bag for flouring the onions
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Measuring cup
  • 2 Large bowls
  • Measuring spoon
  • Wire whisk or fork for blending
  • A deep frying pan
  • Baking sheet

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    Prepare the Onions

  1. 1

    Remove the skin from the onions.

  2. 2

    Cut the onions crosswise, making slices that are approximately 1/4-inch thick.

  3. 3

    Separate the onion slices carefully into individual rings.

  4. 4

    Dry the onion rings thoroughly with paper towels.

  5. 5

    Dredge the onion rings in flour, coating them thoroughly.

  6. 6

    Set the coated onion rings aside on a large baking sheet.

  7. 7

    Repeat the process until you've coated all of the onion rings with flour.

    Prepare the Batter and Fry the Onions

  1. 1

    Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir until everything is thoroughly and evenly mixed together, then set the bowl aside.

  2. 2

    Blend the milk, oil and eggs together in a large bowl. Once they are blended, add the dry ingredients to the mixture.

  3. 3

    Beat the ingredients until the batter is blended and smooth.

  4. 4

    Heat one inch of oil in a deep pan until it reaches 375 degrees F.

  5. 5

    Dip the flour coated onion rings into the batter and allow all of the extra batter to drip off. Put the onion rings carefully into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd them

  6. 6

    Fry the onions until they turn a golden brown color, then turn them over until they are cooked on both sides.

  7. 7

    Remove the onions from the hot oil once they are cooked and put them on a paper towel lined baking sheet or wire rack. This will allow all of the excess oil to drain off the onion rings. Repeat the process until all of the onions are cooked.

Tips and warnings

  • French fried onions is the American name given to fried onion rings.
  • French fried onions can be kept warm in a 300 degree oven until you are ready to serve them.
  • Be very careful when placing the battered onions into the hot oil as it may splatter and cause burns.

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