Onion rings are one of life’s guilty pleasures, right? We LOVE them. However, most of us have only tried beer battered onion rings, or other classic dishes such as battered fish, prawns etc. But recently we have discovered thanks to The Daily Meal.com Prosecco Battered Onion rings.
What? I hear you ask?
Yes, that’s right. Prosecco battered onion rings, onion rings battered with the yummy Italian bubbles. Does this mean we can batter everything with prosecco? We are going to say YES!
The Daily Meal says that “since sparkling wine is so effervescent, it makes for a light, crisp, and tender batter perfect for making onion rings.” We can almost taste the light crispness now, YUM!
Carbonated beverages are often used in onion ring batter recipes because the bubbles in these drinks create more of a lift and airiness to the batter than regular water would. This is where our crunch comes from and it makes extra tasty foods for us, thank you carbonated, yet naughty goodness!
The Daily Meal decided to put some different carbonated refreshments to the test. First, they tried using beer, and unfortunately, they found that the batter had a tendency to be too overbearing with some hoppy flavours. Next, they used club soda, but they recognized that it simply didn’t add any additional taste or aroma to the onion rings, as it is quite a bland drink in the first place.
Surprisingly, they found that prosecco worked the best, adding just the right amount of fizziness and delicately sweet flavour to the batter. This resulted in a crisp and light crust which uplifts the onion ring into something new and amazing. We couldn’t help but think, if we done this recipe with Petite Prosecco, we would have somewhat created a HEALTHY onion ring? LIFE MADE! With fewer calories in the prosecco, there would mean fewer calories in the onion rings, meaning we can indulge in more (or so this is what we are telling ourselves)
Also, here is the best part the Daily Meals prosecco-battered onion ring recipe only uses less than half of a bottle of prosecco therefore we have more left over to drink and enjoy, whilst eating our onion rings of course.
Take a look at the recipe here:
- Peanut oil (for frying) – you can change this to your preferred oil if you like
- 2 cups flour
- 2 1/4 cups prosecco – Petite Prosecco ALWAYS obviously!
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large sweet onions peeled and sliced
- Pour oil into a wide, deep pot to a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat until temperature reaches 365 degrees F.
- Whisk together the flour and prosecco in a large bowl until batter is smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Slice onions into 1-inch-thick rounds, then separate into rings.
- Working in small batches, coat onion rings in batter, then use a fork to transfer rings one at a time to hot oil and deep-fry, turning often, until golden and crisp, 2-3 minutes per batch.
- Transfer onion rings with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
- Season to taste with salt.
We would definitely accompany our Petite Prosecco onion rings with some grilled Sirloin Steak and Salad on a summers evening, perfection!
Have you tried the Petite Prosecco Onion Rings? Comment and let us know your thoughts.