Beer Battered Vidalia Onion Rings
3-4 Vidalia onions sliced and separated into rings
Oil for deep fryer
1 1/4 cups flour
dash of pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon melted shortening
1 cup beer (or milk)
Place the eggs, flour, pepper, baking powder, and shortening into a blender or large bowl. Whip together, gradually adding in beer last. Refrigerate the batter while you heat the oil and slice the onions.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 370-380 degrees. You can test the oil by dropping in a small chunk of white bread. It should turn golden in about a minute.
Dip onion rings into batter, drip excess from rings and then drop them into the hot oil. Deep fry until golden brown. Be sure not to overcrowd the fryer because this cools the oil.
Cool slightly on a rack with paper towels or newspaper to catch any oil drip. Serve warm.