Monday, May 16, 2011

French Fried Onions

We all know the "French's Fried Onions" -- they come in a can and go on top of green bean casserole.

Actually, there are more uses for those little french fried onions than one can imagine!  Yes!  Beyond the green bean casserole!

And what's even better, is that homemade french fried onions are delicious!

There is a bit of a commitment if you're going to embark on this endeavor.  But the payoff is well worth the effort.

French Fried Onions

1 onion or more
oil and a deep pan or a fryer
paper sack
salt and pepper
  • Thinly slice the onions, as in paper thin.  I use a mandolin.
  • Heat oil in a pan, about 3 inches deep, or heat your fryer according to directions.
  • Place a cup of flour in a paper sack and season with some salt and pepper; about 1/2-1 tsp of salt and 3/4-1 tsp of pepper.  Depending on how many onions you use, you may need to repeat these ingredients.  When I'm doing these, I always do at least 2 onions.
  • Add a small amount of the onions to the paper sack, fold sack top down tightly and shake to coat the onions.
  • Using a slotted spoon, dip the onions out and place on a baking tray.
  • Repeat the flour shaking process until all of the onions are coated.
  • Once oil is hot, drop small amounts of onions into the oil and allow to cook, stirring occasionally. 
  • Onions are done when they are golden brown.
  • Continue cooking onions in small batches.
  • Drain well.  Fried onions will keep in an air tight container for several weeks in your refrigerator.

Uses for your onions:
  • On top of hamburgers
  • On top of casseroles
  • In salads
  • In wraps
  • As a snack
  •  . . .and don't forget about the green bean casserole!

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