For the onion rings
- 2 large onions , peeled
- 1 cup sparkling water , cold
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups vegetable oil , for frying
For the ranch Dressing
- 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill)
Slice the onions into ½ inch thick slices. Stir the rings so they don’t stick to each other.
In a bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder.
Place 2 to 3 onion rings at a time in this mixture and turn them over to coat them well. Set aside in a separate dish. Add pepper, stirring until all the rings are well seasoned.
Add cold sparkling water to flour and cornstarch. Whisk until mixture is smooth.
Pour the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.
Heat the frying oil to 350 F.
Using two forks, dip onion rings in the batter first, then into bread crumbs, turning them over so they are well coated both outside and inside.
This can be done right before frying the onion rings but can also be done ahead of time. You can then keep raw onions rings in the refrigerator and fry them before serving them.
Then dip a few onion rings at a time in the frying oil so they do not stick while frying.
Turn them over after a few seconds and place them on paper towels after they turn golden brown.
It is possible to heat the fried onions rings in an oven heated at 350 F for 5 minutes by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Serve hot, accompanied with choice of Ranch dressing (see recipe below), barbecue sauce, ketchup or mayonnaise.
Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate.