- rudeboy Feb 19, 2014 11:57 AM
Kind of a budget topic, but I like onion rings. I'm trying to get my kids to like them. Who has the tastiest? Seems like some places have the thin and crispy, and others have the thick and bready version.
I don't know the best place for onion rings (I get them occasionally from Top Notch, and they're fine, but not homemade). As far as getting the kids to like them, what about starting with tempura? My mom made tempura with lots of different vegetables a few times when I was pretty young, and it was such a special deal that I probably would have tried anything. Maybe that would convince the kids that deep-fried onions are good. Or if you don't want to make it at home, the big mixed vegetable tempura at Kome has onion in it.
There's basically two types of frozen onion rings available commercially, breaded & batter dipped. Moore's (now owned by McCains) & Anchor are two of the biggest brands. Most casual places use frozen because they are messy to prepare and the frozen ones are quite good. At home I just thin slice an onion, dip it in milk then flour and deep fry. Yum!
Coincidentally Mike Sutter has a few opinions and pics on this very topic. Good call bringing this up. I usually go for tots or fries, but will gladly indulge Doc's sometime because they look like what my favorites were as a kid, that sort of spackling dipped batter look instead of thick stuff. but then again, I always prefer less breading on my fried treats. To name a few, we've enjoyed Phil's icehouse, Dirty Martin's, Hoffbrau's as the more thin cut, lightly battered and extra greasy variety. Scoff as some may, we really like Cheddar's rings too. Good dipping sauces.
Or you could get yourself a ninja frying system for the house and kids for your fry party: