You’ll need three bowls. One with an egg and a little milk, one with some white flour and seasonings, and one with your sliced onions. You can slice your onions however you like. I slice them about 1/8-1/4″ wide and then quarter the slice of whole onion so the pieces are only an inch or two long. (ya, ya…forgot the picture of that one…)
Take a small handful of onions at a time and dunk them in the egg. Lift them up and let any excess egg drip off. We don’t want to deep fry clumps of egg here. Actually, that would probably taste good. Pretty much anything deep fried tastes good, but that’s beside the point.
After they’ve had a dunk in the egg, then just toss them around in the flour mixture until everything is coated. This is where you can personalize these little bits of yumminess. The recipe here is the most basic one, add seasonings to your heart’s delight.
The next step is to pop them in a pot of hot oil, for just a couple of minutes.
Take them out when they’re golden brown and let them drain on some paper towels.
Now eat one warm. And if no one’s looking, bust out the ranch dressing and give it a dip. Just to be naughty.
Let them cool to room temp and then you can use them on salads (they’d be seriously awesome on this salad), to top casseroles, on burgers or sandwiches, or just to snack on!
Crispy Shoestring Onions
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 large onion, halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 C flour
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
vegetable oil for frying
Heat 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees. Make sure to use a pot with sides (as opposed to a skillet style pan) so the oil doesn’t boil over when you add the onions).
Lightly beat eggs with milk in one bowl and place flour and seasonings in another bowl.
Working with a handful of onions at a time, dip in egg mixture and let excess drip off. Then dredge in flour and lightly toss to coat. Place onions in hot oil and cook until golden brown. Remove and place on folded papertowels to absorb oil. Repeat process until all onions are fried.
Yield: About 4 C of shoestring onions. Note that this is a lot! If you’re not going to use extra for snacking, you may want to half the recipe.