The Vegan Ring
Onion Rings vegan style or not, are just delicious, but strangely enough, it’s not a food many people opt to make at home. You’ll undoubtedly find onion rings on just about every chain restaurant’s menu. And, I’d go so far to say, they are an American icon, and symbol to our fried food culture. There are many opinions on how to coat the ring. Is a batter better? Or is the flour and breadcrumb mixture best? I say, there is no correct answer. You just do what you like best, and in our version, it’s even vegan! Imagine, onion rings vegan style! When you taste these rings, you realize, anything is possible.
Mention ‘beer batter’ and you’ll see faces light up. The name alone sells it. However as delicious as beer batter frying is, it’s mostly well…just beer batter that you taste. But, this recipe calls for the standard flour, ‘milk’ and breadcrumbs dip-also known as the three-step method. A dip in flour, a dip in oat milk, then a dip in bread crumbs. I like frying with a breadcrumb exterior. I think it gives a nice light fry, without overpowering or drowning the onion in batter. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beer batter anything, but tonight, these rings were just for toppers to the main meal of macaroni and cheese. I didn’t want them heavy, or lost, but instead just right. Though the 3 step process is a bit more time consuming than dipping in a batter, I think there are times for either version.
An American favorite
It’s been said that onion rings have been around since the early 20th century. Found on an early ad for “Crisco” Frying Lard, from the 1930’s, it would be hard to imagine a time with out these little rings. Personally, I love them, but in my nearly 50 years, I’ve only had them two times at home. Mostly because I think onion rings are shrouded in difficulty. I was wrong. The onion rings were coated and ready to fry with in about 10 minutes. The cooking part was quite fast, maybe 30 seconds on each side, then done. Give them a try-serve them alone as an appetizer, or accompanied with a nice dish. I think you’ll love them as much as we did.
Onion Rings Vegan Style
- 2 large red onions sliced into 1/2" rings
- 2 cups oat milk
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1 bottle frying oil