Root Beer Onion Rings
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3 large yellow onions, sliced at least 1/2-inch thick, separated into rings
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1-1/2 tablespoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 cups root beer
1 cup water
Heat a deep fryer or pot of oil to 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Whisk in root beer and water; let sit for one hour. If needed, additional water may be added to thin batter.
Dip onion rings into batter and coat well; shake off excess.
Carefully place the rings in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, turning to cook evenly and prevent sticking, about 3 minutes per batch. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
If desired, season the fried onion rings with salt and cayenne pepper. Yields 12 servings.
Recipe and image provided by the National Onion Association