After three months of traveling and fieldwork, it feels good to be able to be at home long enough to cook - and my first creation for the year is a sinful beer-battered onion rings. Remarkably easy to make with simple ingredients - and of course, you can beer-batter just about anything else: shrimp, fish, cheese...
Beer-battered onion rings
2 large onions, cut into rings 1-2 cm in diameter
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 bottle beer, chilled.
Oil for frying
1. Set aside 1/4 cup of flour and dredge onion rings in flour
2. Mix salt with remaining 3/4 cup of flour and slowly pour in beer to make a batter.
3. Heat oil for frying. Shake off excess flour and dip onions in batter. Cook for one minute in medium-high (200) and the in medium (160) for another minute. Drain and serve immediately.
4. Remember, a colder batter will make for a crisper crust so stuff the mixing bowl in the fridge if you have to.