The Shady Porch: Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters


Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters

The other day I ran across a recipe for onion bhajis, an Indian snack, that has, since the first attempt, made traditional onion rings obsolete at our house. I didn't actually follow the bhaji recipe; it was more the concept of chopping the onions, mixing them in the batter, and frying them to make bite-sized onion fritters that appealed to my easy-to-make sensibility. 

a serving of Onion Fritters
A serving of Onion Fritters
We always have onion at the ready since we love them in nearly everything and whipping up the batter and dumping in the chopped onions seems so much simpler to me than traditional rings. Batch size is more flexible, allowing for smaller or larger batches and, since there is none of the flouring, then batter dipping individual onion rings, this recipe is quick, too. The onion fritters have the great onion flavor in the same crispy coating as traditional onion rings. Enjoy.

Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters

1 large white or yellow onion, chopped  (we usually use the sweeter white onions but yellow has more flavor)
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c. milk, add more if the batter is too thick
1/2 t. garlic powder
3/4 c. Italian bread crumbs
salt, as desired
2-3 cups of oil for frying

Heat oil to smoking stage.

Mix the flour, egg, milk, garlic powder and bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Now add the chopped onions. Stir until coated.

Onion Fritter batter

The batter should be thick enough to spoon out into tablespoon sized fritters. You want to have a good balance of batter versus onion in each fritter. 

Gently drop the fritter into the hot oil and stir to prevent sticking and to turn to get both sides golden brown. It takes about 3-4 minutes to fry. 

frying the Onion Fritters

Drain on paper towel and cover to keep warm until you have fried up all of the batter. (No waste!)
Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters
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