Sweet smoked paprika flavored onion rings....

I love onion rings! I just love them! There's something comforting, nice and soooo delicious in those little golden rings. Normally I'm not a fan of cooked/baked/fried onion so for me to say that I love onion rings is something not quite right... ;) I always ate only a store bought version or if I got some in a restaurant/bistro. But it was high time to finally make them myself! I got nice, big, white, sweet onions but... I wouldn't be me if I din't want to put my mark on something even so simple and easy as onion rings. Some time ago I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of smoked paprika products from La Chinata and decided to spice things up with those onion rings. The result was fantastic - crisp, sweet onion rings with a nice hint of smoked paprika which worked so well together! Not to mention their lovely dark golden colour :) I will never ever again buy ready made onion rings!

How to make it...
- big, white, sweet onions, sliced into about 1 cm rings
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon La Chinata smoked sweet paprika powder
- 1 cup lager
- oil for deep frying

Prepare a pan/pot for deep frying and heat the oil - you need about 2 cm deep oil for this. In the meantime mix all the dry ingredients for the batter and add the beer. Depending on your flour etc, you might have to add more or less beer - you're aiming for a consistency of a thin yogurt. Coat each onion ring in the batter, so it's fully covered and place into the hot oil. Fry on each side until golden and the onion inside is soft. Dry on a kitchen paper and serve immediately. If you want even bigger kick of the paprika you can sprinkle some on top of the already fried onion rings - when they're still warm.


PS. The above recipe takes part in LA CHINATA SMOKED PAPRIKA POWDER II International Recipe Contest. So fingers crossed!