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Playing Todd Wilbur's Onion Rings


  • 6 to 10 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups plain Progresso bread crumbs
  • Salt


Serves: Makes 4 dozen onion rings


In a fryer, heat shortening or oil to 350 °F.

Cut the onion into ¼-inch thick slices, then separate the slices into rings.

Pour the milk into a large shallow bowl, dump flour into another large shallow bowl and pour bread crumbs into a third large shallow bowl. The large shallow bowls will make breading easier.

While the shortening is heating up, bread all the onion rings: first, dip an onion ring into the milk, then into the flour. Dip it back into the milk then into the bread crumbs and once more into the milk and into the bread crumbs. This will give each of the rings a nice thick breading.

When the oil is hot, fry the rings, a handful at a time, in the oil for 1 ½ to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the rings from the oil to a rack or paper towels to drain. Lightly salt the rings and serve 'em up hot.