One word ...... awesome! These are truly the best onion rings ever! The batter is light and crunchy and the onions melt in your mouth! One of my favorite recipes in the book so far.
This recipe serves 2-4 people easily. Begin by slicing 2 large onions, 1/2 " thick. Lightly coat them in 1 cup of a/p flour that is seasoned with salt and pepper.
For the batter: In a large bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 2 tablespoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center and add 1 egg yolk. Gradually whisk in 3/4 cup club soda, chilled. Work your way out from the center of the bowl to form a smooth batter. (I had a really thick batter and had to add about 1/2 cup more club soda).
Pour 2-3 inches vegetable oil into a large heavy pot and heat to 375. Dip the flour-coated onion rings into the batter and shake off excess. Fry in batches until golden about 3-4 minutes.
**Slice some garlic cloves into thin slivers and coat with batter and fry for about 1 minute. Drop some fresh parsley (not battered) into the oil for 15 seconds and garnish the onion rings with fried garlic and fried parsley.
Note: I fried extra onion rings after frying the garlic and parsley and the flavor was ten times better.
These were great on their own, but would also be good with some of those special dipping sauces.