Crispy Onion Rings
1 onion sliced 1/4 inch thick
3/4 cup panko
4 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the onion into 1/4 inch thick and set aside in a small bowl. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder (dry ingredients) into a bowl. Take the onion slices and coat them into the dry ingredient mixture until each slice is well coated. Once all the onion slices are well coated, whisk the milk and egg (wet ingredients) into the remaining dry ingredients.
Take each flour coated onion slice and dip them into the batter. Place them on a raised rack to allow the excess batter to drip. I covered the bottom of a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and placed the rack on top. This will help with an easy clean up and the aluminum foil will catch the batter drippings. Pour panko into a small bowl and thoroughly dip the rings into the panko crumbs. Place each ring back onto the rack.
Fry the onion rings in the deep fryer (I used a deep wok and was able to get away with frying all the rings at once) for 3 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Once the onion rings are golden brown, place them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess grease. Add seasoning of your choice and serve immediately. We made a dipping sauce out of ranch, barbeque sauce, and fresh parmesan cheese. It was a fun experiment and it surprisingly turned out to be very tasty. Enjoy!