Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: An onion ring burger

Some burger fans just can't help themselves, and they will add almost anything willy-nilly to their burger.

Perhaps it is a contest to make the biggest, most outrageous burger possible. Certainly the top prize goes to the local place that offers a $20 burger and fries combo free if you can eat it in 12 minutes. You know the place, right?

There is one ingredient on that massive burger that really is delicious, and that is the fried onion rings. You can take all the other stuff off, and just give me a cheese burger with done-right onion rings, and I am good to go.

Perhaps the real question here is how to make great onion rings. Try this recipe and let me know how it works out.

ONION RINGS FOR THE BURGER

2 sliced red onions

1 package tempura powder

1 best quality locally brewed beer

Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

Clean oil for frying

Fill a deep and heavy pan only half way with oil and heat to 375 f. Pour the tempura in a large mixing bowl, and start whisking in the beer. Go slowly, and don't make it too thin. This may take some practice, but it is just right when it coats the onions, but not too thick. Season aggressively with Tony's, add the onions, remove and shake off excess. Do not overcrowd the pan, and cook just until they are brown and tender. Drain and serve at once.

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