We decided to try something new in our kitchen last week. We'd never tried deep frying anything before and thought it would be fun to give it a shot. My wife picked up a thermometer for putting in the pot of oil and we found some recipes that looked good. Honestly, I was nervous. Hot oil seems dangerous and almost like something that should stay at the restaurant where there's equipment built for such things. I'm so glad we tried it anyway!

We made onion rings, corn dogs, and tater-tots. The tater-tots were frozen though. We just baked those. The rest was home-made though. We were super pleased with the flavors. The breading turned out light and so tasty.

onion ring batter
The onion ring batter
frying onion rings
The onion rings in the hot tub
home-made onion rings on cooling rack
mini home-made corn dogs
Finished mini corn dogs

For the sake of finding later, I must record the recipe for those onion ring. So here you are, future me...

Home Made Beer Battered Onion Rings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) pale ale beer
  • 2 large yellow or white onions
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

The beer in the photo above was for drinking though, not the recipe. For recipe, I used an India Pale Ale.

Just throw all of the stuff in a bowl except the beer, onions and oil. Then mix in the beer. Chop the onions to the ring sizes you want. Slather them in the batter, then drop them in the oil when you've got it up to 375°F. Pull them out when they've browned a little, salt them, and let them cool.

You'll thank me. These are AMAZING! You'll also want to visit the gym a few times the next day though. A moment on the lips... a lifetime on the hips! 🤣