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We didn’t set out to make egg free, dairy free onion rings but somehow we did anyway. This whole onion ring recipe thing started with my 9 year old about a month ago, he wanted to make onion rings. We’re currently remodeling our kitchen and at that point we were in no position to fry anything. He was stymied that day but being nine and my son he did not forget, he simply packed it away for a day it would work. My husband and our youngest son were gone over the weekend and it was suddenly the perfect day.

Except we were out of milk and I did not want to go to the store for one thing, so I hit the pantry hard looking for a milk substitute. TADA coconut milk in a box stored in the corner from a prior project, WIN for mom. While I talked the nine year old into using coconut milk (easy and painless) I realized if I used Ener-G egg replacer we could EASILY make vegan onion rings. Game on.

Vegan Onion Rings

2 large sweet onions
3/4 cup of flour
2/3 cup of coconut milk-non sweetened unflavored
1 teaspoon salt
1 TBSP oil
Ener-G Egg replacer to make one egg
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
oil for cooking

cut the tops and bottom of of each onion, pop in the freezer bag for making broth
slice each onion into rings about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
place them in the fridge to keep cool
begin heating one inch of oil in a deep pan for cooking over medium heat
you are looking for a temperature of about 375˚ so don’t crank it up too high
mix up the batter with the milk, salt, oil and egg replacer
mix until smooth

run your cornmeal through a wire sieve to remove the biggest chunks
place in a bowl to roll the rings in
once you oil is up to heat it’s time to cook
grab your onion rings from the fridge
dip one in the batter, shake off the excess and roll in the cornmeal
carefully place it in the hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes
if it cooks well in that time period it’s time to get cooking
if it’s not cooked up the heat a bit, wait a few minutes and try another one
if it burns (OOPS!) reduce heat, remove from the heat to cool down a bit and try another one
cook all the onion rings
keep extra cooked rings in the oven at 300˚ or simply let the drooling family eat them as the come out of the fryer

You can of course make these with regular milk and egg and they will be great. I used a combination of coconut oil and vegetable for cooking the rings, use what you have or like. It would also be great to use an electric skillet here and cook them outside. I think these may have called our wayward campers home because as we pulled them from the oil (an adult jobs!) they rolled up and were super excited to discover such a treat.

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