Allspice Chronicles

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“The Queen’s Rings” – A Recipe for the Ultimate Onion Ring

By Danica Waters


You know how there’s just some days where you simply need to throw all caution and sensibility to the wind, light some candles and indulge yourself in whatever your lil’ ol’ heart desires?  For some, that indulgence comes in the form of a quart of Haagen Dazs.  For me, it’s an onion ring.  None of this frozen- bits- of- minced- onion- in- a- batter- shaped- into- a- ring nonsense, either.  I’m talkin’ about the real deal.


In one particularly acute FML moment, I decided I was finished making due with all of the substandard offerings of the kingdom.  And given that, at that particular moment,  my personal bit of self-indulgence was the one thing I had the most personal control over,  I promptly appointed  myself  “Queen of the Ring”, and proceeded to declare that all onion rings in my kingdom must adhere to the following criteria:


They Must Be Hearty.  No wimpy onion rings in my kingdom.  I like ‘em thick-cut.

They Must Be Lightly Spiced.  Inspired by the flavor of  Indian bhajis and spiced with a bit of cayenne pepper, my onion rings have just a hint of curry and leave a little tingle on your tongue.  Tingle is good.

They Must Have Crunch.  No sad, soggy batters shall ever adorn my rings.  Ever.


Here’s the recipe.  You’ll be happy to know these rings became known far and wide across the land, and are requested for celebrations and FML moments alike.  Enjoy!



The Queen’s Rings


Cut off ends and remove peel from:


1 large yellow onion


Cut onion in 1/3 sections crosswise (across the bias), separate into rings.



In separate bowl, place:


2 eggs, beaten well



In a second medium-sized bowl, sift:


1-1/2 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp (medium-heat) curry powder

½ tsp turmeric (optional)

½ tsp cayenne pepper or to taste

1 tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


In a third, small deep bowl, place:


2 C panko bread crumbs


Establish an “assembly line” as follows:  raw onion rings, egg, flour mixture, and panko bread crumbs.  Have a large metal baking sheet at the ready to place coated rings on.


First, dip each ring in egg, then dredge in flour mixture and place on baking sheet to rest.

Continue with remaining rings, and place in freezer for five minutes.


Remove rings from freezer, dip each in the egg again, and then coat thoroughly in Panko Bread Crumbs.  Return rings on baking tray to the freezer for about an hour.


In a small, deep pot or deep fryer, heat to 365 degrees F:


Vegetable oil


Remove coated rings from freezer and fry in small batches until golden brown.  Keep warm, and serve with your choice of condiments (or none at all).


Indulge!  And enjoy!


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Posted in Allspice Chronicles and Appetizer and Appetizers and Desserts and Cuisines and Danica Waters and Dinner and Lunch and Meal Time and Snack and Vegetables and Vegetarian by danica on July 20th, 2011 at 12:42 pm.

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