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Super Bowl Party Food Countdown: Southwest Onion Rings

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There are a few people who actually watch the football game on Super Sunday. For the majority of people, however, it is a time to totally pig-out, swill some suds and the one day a year where commercials are actually worth watching.

When it comes to Super Bowl party food, one thing everyone can agree upon is that the best munchies are ones that go with beer. With this in mind, sitting on your table of heart attack inducing yummies should be a big bowl on homemade onion rings. True you can buy those things called onion rings from the frozen food section of your local market, however they are about as tasty as eating Draino laced with onion salt. When it comes to onion rings, you want real onions!

The best onions for making onion rings are the large sweet variety. You can find these all year in the produce section of your local market. For best results, you'll want to slice your onion rings pretty thick.

Ingredients needed to make Southwest Onion Rings:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large sweet onions, peeled and thickly sliced
  • oil for frying

Steps:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together all the ingredients, except the onions, until a smooth batter is formed.
  2. Into a heavy pot or wok add a couple of inches of oil and bring to 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  3. Dip the onion rings into the batter and then carefully place into the hot oil. Deep-fry the rings until golden brown.
  4. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and let cool before serving.

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