By Chef Joe Bompartito
Bring the authentic taste of pub food to your home with Chef Joe Bompartito’s original beer battered onion rings. A Taste of Italy and A Taste of Italy 2’s master chef gives inside tips and his original recipe so you too can be a master chef in your own kitchen.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup beer, preferably Lager but a Pilsner will do
1 large egg
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
4 cup(s) vegetable oil, or more as needed for frying
2 large white onions, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, separated into rings
1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving
1. Combine flour, salt, and a pinch of cayenne in a medium bowl. Whisk in buttermilk, beer, egg, and lemon zest, and let stand for 20 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Dip Onion Slices in batter, turning to coat. Gently drop slices into oil. Cook about 2 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Transfer rings to paper towels, season with salt immediately, then transfer onions to the baking sheet to keep warm. Repeat with remaining onions. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.
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