World’s Best Onion Rings

May 13 2014

by Libbie Summers

It’s Vidalia Onion season and I’m obsessed with this onion ring recipe from my dearest girl friend in Savannah, Brenda Anderson. She has made them for me 2 times now…and I’m begging for a third.

Recipe by Brenda Anderson
Photography by Chia Chong
Styling by Libbie Summers

World’s Best Onion Rings
serves: 2

1 large Vidalia onion, sliced into 1-inch thick slices with rings separated
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup self- rising flour
1/2 (12 ounce) bottle of New Castle beer (or substitute with your favorite ale)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided plus more for seasoning after frying
1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder, divided
¾ tablespoon pepper, divided
2 1/2 cups vegetable oil

In a zip-top bag combine flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoon pepper. Shake to combine.

In a medium bowl beat eggs and add the remaining seasonings. In a second medium bowl pour the beer.

In a large skillet add oil and bring to 350 degrees F.

Dip onion rings into egg mixture, about 6 rings at a time. Then put rings into the zip lock bag and shake until well coated. Remove rings from the bag one at a time and dip into beer then into hot oil. After two minutes turn rings and cook until a little darker than golden brown (about 2 more minutes). Remove onion rings to drain on a paper towel lined plate. While hot, sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve immediately.

Libbie’s Food Styling Props: Shirt J Crew. Neck brooch is a vintage earring. Blue enamel bucket from Habersham Antiques Market. Bottle is a Campari bottle I brought back from Italy. Straw from Kikkerland. Apron and hand towel from one of my new favorite designers Raw Materials Design.


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Libbie Summers has authored three books, cooked for three US Presidents, and designed more over-the-top and under-the-big-top events than she can possibly remember. Libbie celebrates the every day with food-inspired fun and believes that a coke and a smile really can make you feel good. She first earned her culinary chops below deck as a chef on private yachts— honing her cooking skills under extreme weather and guest conditions. Today, she is the artistic director of her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life, where the beauty of food serves as the inspiration for film production, product design and events. Summers is an award-winning producer of imaginative lifestyle content for clients in print, digital and film media. Her work can been seen North and South of the equator for Paramount Pictures, The OWN Network, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Huffington Post, Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle, People, Garden and Gun, Redbook Magazine, Food Network Magazine and both the livings –Southern and Country.

As one who wears many hats, Libbie also serves as the Creative Culinary Director of Terra’s Kitchen –an innovative meal delivery service sending healthy farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-prepped recipes to subscribers in an eco-friendly manner.

Libbie lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, son, and opinionated-dog who is lobbying for her own Instagram account. She maintains her body and body of work are both food inspired.

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