Monday, February 8, 2010

Got the Munchies?

Last week I had planned to have recipes and ideas for the Super Bowl. However, there was a slight problem which began with this recipe. The Super Bowl may be over but I still wanted to share the recipe.

Applebee's Onion Peels

Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce:
1/ 2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/ 4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/ 8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/ 8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash garlic powder
dash onion powder

6 to 10 cups vegetable shortening
1 large white onion

1/ 2 cup all-purpose flour
1/ 2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/ 2 teaspoon salt
1/ 2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups milk

Make horseradish dipping sauce by combining ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk. Mix until creamy then cover and chill the sauce.

Heat the shortening to 350 degrees in a deep fryer.

Slice the stem end and the root off onion, then, with the onion resting on a flat side, cut down through the onion, slicing it in half. Slice each half 4 to 5 more times in a spoke fashion to create wedges of onion. Separate the onion pieces.

Create batter by combining all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk in milk until batter is smooth then let the butter sit for 5 minute. It should thicken. Whisk batter again.

When the oil is hot dip each onion piece in the batter, let some of the batter drip off then drop the coated onion piece carefully into the hot oil. Fry 8 to 12 peels at a time for 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown. Drain on a rack or paper towels. Repeat until the onion is used up, stacking the newer batches on top of the old ones to keep them warm. When they're all done, serve the fried onion slices on a plate or in a paper-lined basket with horseradish dipping sauce on the side.

Serves 4 to 6.

Tidbits: While shortening works best for this recipe, you may also fry these with vegetable oil or canola oil. Just don't almost set your kitchen on fire though.

The picture above is what the Onion Peels should look like. The following pictures are how your kitchen should not look after making the Onion Peels!

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