From America's Test Kitchen Season 8: Drive-In Specials
Fried onion rings are the perfect accompaniment to burgers, barbecue, and other casual fare. But who wants the mess and smell of deep-frying? We wanted an oven method that produced tender, sweet onions with a super-crunchy coating.
We made a batter with buttermilk, egg, and flour, but when we put the baking sheet in the oven the batter slid right off the onions. Coating the onion rings with flour first gave the batter something to cling to. But we wanted even more crunch. For an extra layer of coating, we turned to crushed saltines and crushed potato chips. We preheated the oil in the baking sheet before adding the coated onions so they’d start crisping right away. The result: crispy, crunchy oven-fried onion rings with deep-fried flavor.
Makes 24 rings, serving 4 to 6
We had the best results with kettle-cooked potato chips.