Tomorrow everyone is back in school and I am excited to FINALLY have more than a three hour stretch to myself now that both my kids will be in elementary school. I haven't even finished unpacking from my summer vacation--but I have a pot of chicken stock on the stove because homemade chicken soup is my daughters favorite lunch to take. After dinner, we had the crazy idea to make gluten free onion rings even though it was the totally wrong time to make or eat onion rings. My daughter, who had never actually eaten onion rings, was curious what all the fuss was about after she watching her friends eat them all summer at camp. She found a recipe online for gluten free onion rings at Life, Gluten Free and we couldn't resist trying the recipe out in between dinnertime and bathtime.
"By the way, Mom, artificial Christmas trees pose a health hazard because they contain lead!" she yelled to me as she got deeper and deeper into reading Life, Gluten Free. I waited for the onion ring edges to be golden before flipping them and then we tried them. "Mom, these are GREAT!" she declared with a big smile after trying a sizzling, golden ring. "They taste kind of like donuts."
I based the recipe on Life, Gluten Free's recipe but because I didn't have a few of the ingredients my recipe is completely different and a little bit of a work in progress. Please check out Life, Gluten Free's original onion rings recipe because it is probably better and if I had had sorghum flour or vegenaise (or any mayo) on hand I would have used the original which is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and nut free!
The recipe was actually quite easy to make and in less than an hour we had a nice plate of onion rings for everyone to enjoy. I froze a bunch of them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then transferred them to a glass container so we now have some frozen, homemade onion rings in the freezer. Then, I put grapeseed oil on my list of things to buy because I really didn't have the right oil--I used olive oil with some spectrum organic shortening.
I am adding Life, Gluten Free to my blog roll as we speak, so enamored, we are of all Life, Gluten Free has to offer the gluten free world. Here is my take on the onion rings...
GLUTEN FREE ONION RINGS
1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used chestnut flour--but don't rush out for chestnut flour--use what you have on hand or go with sorghum which is used in the original recipe.
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup potato starch
3/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 whole egg
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup water plus 2-4 tablespoons water so that the batter has the consistency of pancake batter. Depending on the gluten free flour you use, you will need more or less water.
1/4 inch of oil in pan
- Mix all dry ingredients together and whisk together in bowl.
- Add wet ingredients and stir to make batter.
- Cut onion rings into 1/4 inch rounds and separate into individual circles.
- Heat 1/4 inch oil in large pan over medium-high heat. Make sure oil is hot-- but not smoking hot.
- Dip several onion rounds into batter until covered.
- Place battered rounds in pan in a single layer and cook until the edges are golden brown.
- Turn over and cook on the other side.
- Place sizzling, golden onion rings onto a plate covered with paper towels until they drain.
Freeze extra onion rings on a baking sheet in a single layer and then transfer frozen onion rings to a container.
Heat in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.