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Hawaiian Coconut-Crusted Vidalia Onion Rings with Tamari-Ginger Dipping Sauce
Servings: Serves 4
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup oil for frying
1 large vidalia onion
1 cup self-rising flour ( batter)
1 teaspoon salt (batter)
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (batter)
2 large Eggs, beaten (batter)
1 cup Milk (batter)
1/4 cup ground macadamia nuts (batter)
1/4 cup ground almonds (batter)
1 tablespoon Ginger, ground (batter)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (crust)
1 1/2 cups sweetened Shredded coconut (crust)
1/4 cup chopped vidalia onion (sauce)
1/4 cup apple juice (sauce)
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari (or soy sauce) (sauce)
2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar (sauce)
1 teaspoon finely grated, peeled fresh ginger root (sauce)
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (sauce)
* Tamari-Ginger Dipping Sauce: In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients and process until the onion is finely chopped.
* Make the Basic Batter: Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a medium size bowl. Add the eggs and milk, whisking gently until a smooth thick batter forms. Stir the macadamia nuts, almonds, and ginger into the batter.
* Make the Coconut Crust: In a shallow bowl, combine the sesame seeds and coconut.
1. In a large heavy skillet, pour the oil to a depth of 3/4 inch and heat to 375 degrees. Peel the Vidalia onion and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices; separate the slices into individual rings. (Reserve the onion centers for another use.)
2. Dip an onion ring into the batter, coating thickly, then dredge in the sesame/coconut mixture. Lay the onion ring gently in the hot oil and cook until underside is dark golden-about 2 minutes; turn and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer. Remove and drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven.
3. Repeat with remaining rings. Cook 2 to 3 rings at a time depending on the size of your skillet, taking care not to crowd the pan or let the temperature drop too much, which will result in greasy rings. Serve warm with Tamari-Ginger Dipping Sauce.
Courtesy of the Vidalia Onion Committee.
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Calories||1433 kcal (71%)|
|Calories from Fat||1017 kcal (0%)|
|Total Fat||113 g (173%)|
|Saturated Fat||45 g (225%)|
|Cholesterol||2180 mg (726%)|
|Sodium||1749 mg (72%)|
|Total Carbohydrates||68 g (22%)|
|Dietary Fiber||15 g (60%)|
|Protein||84 g (140%)|
|Vitamin A||2612 IU (52%)|
|Vitamin C||26 mg (43%)|
|Calcium||531 mg (10%)|
|Iron||27 mg (45%)|