What is it about dredging something in batter and submerging it into a vat of steaming hot oil that makes food so much more delicious? I’ve yet to try anything deep-fried that I didn’t deeply love. Whether it be potatoes, cheese, mac and cheese, or even Oreos, it seems no food is immune to the deep fryer’s kiss of golden brown goodness. Deep-frying takes an otherwise basic food and kicks it up to a whole new crispy, golden level. It’s like some sort of magical metamorphosis. A plain ol’ stick of cheese can turn into a gooey, crispy, crunchy delicacy when covered in breading and dunked in the fryer. Plain potato goes from limp and bland to golden brown and delicious. Is is it magic? I can’t say for sure. But when I eat a good basket of deep-fried onion rings, it’s hard to think otherwise.
Although I’m a fan of all things fried, onion rings are definitely in my top three favorites. They’re crispy, crunchy, and delicious, with great flavor from that onion. When done right, onion rings are a tasty treat. After having tried these circular onions from just about every restaurant in existence, it is only natural that I began to ponder how good homemade onion rings might be.
Turns out, homemade onion rings aren’t good.