Frites and Fritters…and Onion Rings

Friday Frites and Fritters…with a ring…
Onion rings.  Calamari rings.
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Fried Calamari Rings with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aioli
1 (2.5-pound) package frozen, cleaned calamari, thawed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Peanut oil
Cut calamari tubes into 1/4-inch-thick rings; pat dry with paper towels.
Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge rings and tentacles, in batches, in flour mixture.
Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 365F°.
Fry calamari, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.
Serve immediately with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli.
Shoestring Fried Frites
3 lbs. Idaho potatoes, peeled
Peanut oil
Salt
Cut potatoes into 4″ lengths about 1/16″ × 1/16″
(it is easiest to do this with a mandoline), then place in a large nonreactive bowl and cover with water.
Heat about 4″ oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Drain potatoes, then dry thoroughly with paper towels. Check oil temperature with a candy thermometer; when oil reaches 375°F, fry potatoes in small batches until they are crisp and golden, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain chips on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm.
Add matching shoestring onions.
Crisp Fried Onion Frites
1 large onion
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
Canola oil
Combine flour, salt, and paprika in a large bowl. Slice onion very thinly with a mandolin or sharp knife.
Pour oil to depth of 2 inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Toss onion rings into flour mixture to lightly coat. Shake off excess flour. Fry onions in batches, about 1 minute or until golden brown; drain on paper towels.
A splash of prosecco makes this batter better.
Vidalia Onion Rings
3 large vidalia onions, peeled
Peanut oil
2 cups flour
2 1/4 cups prosecco or other sparkling wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pour oil into a wide deep pot to a depth of 2″ and heat over medium-high heat until temperature reaches 365º on a candy thermometer. Whisk together flour and prosecco in a large bowl until batter is smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice onions into 1″-thick rounds, then separate into rings. Working in small batches, coat onion rings in batter, then use a fork to transfer rings one at a time to hot oil, and deep-fry, turning often, until golden and crisp, 2-3 minutes per batch. Transfer onion rings with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Season to taste.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
1¾ cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
1½ tbsp. hot paprika
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 tsp. honey
12 oz. lager-style beer
Canola oil, for frying
2 large yellow onions, cut crosswise into ½″-thick slices and separated into rings
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, paprika, mustard, baking powder, and salt.  Add honey and beer, and whisk until smooth; let sit for 10 minutes.  Pour oil to a depth of 2″ in a 6-qt. Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°F.  Working in batches, dip onion rings into batter, shaking off excess, and lower into oil; fry, flipping once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain briefly and season with more salt.  Serve.
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