Onion rings and Steak fingers

Discussion in 'Discada' started by dirtsailor2003, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My Sous chef wanted to use the Discada this evening. He's been on an onion kick lately and I told him we could make onion rings. Might as well do
    Steak fingers while the oils hot!

    Onion ring recipe:

    2 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
    2 quarts peanut oil
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    3/4 cup light-flavored beer (such as PBR or Budweiser), ice-cold
    1/4 cup 80-proof vodka
    Kosher Salt
    sriracha to taste

    (I didn't do the sriracha as the boys don't like the heat).

    1. Separate the onion rounds into individual rings. Place in a gallon-sized zipper-lock freezer bag and put them in the freezer until completely frozen, at least 1 hour (they can stay in the freezer for up to 1 month).

    2. When ready to fry, remove the onion rings from the freezer bag, transfer to a bowl, and thaw under tepid running water. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels and dry the rings thoroughly. Carefully peel off the inner papery membrane from each ring and discard (the rings will be very floppy). Set aside.

    3. Preheat the oil to 375°F in a large wok or a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and paprika in a medium bowl and whisk together. Combine the beer and vodka in a small bowl.

    4. Slowly add the beer mixture to the flour mixture, whisking constantly until the batter has texture of thick paint (you may not need all of the beer). The batter should leave a trail if you drip it back into the bowl off the whisk. Add sriracha to taste. Do not overmix; a few small lumps are OK. Dip one onion ring in the batter, making sure that all surfaces are coated, lift it out, letting the excess batter drip off, and add it to the hot oil by slowly lowering it in with your fingers until just one side is sticking out, then dropping it in. Repeat until half of the rings are in the oil. Fry, flipping the rings halfway through cooking, until they are deep golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer the rings to a large mixing bowl lined with paper towels and toss while sprinkling salt over them. The fried rings can be placed on a rack on a rimmed baking sheet and kept hot in a 200°F oven while you fry the remaining rings. Serve the rings immediately.

    Step 1 and 2 are very important. Removing the inner skin allows the batter to cling to the onion. I froze this batch for about 1 1/2 hours.

    To remove the papery membrane you just run them under the water and move your fingers along the inner "hub" of the ring. Reminds me of removing the membrane on ribs, but way easier.

    Steak fingers pretty basic. I bought precut fajita meat. Dredge in seasoned flour. Egg wash and dredge in seasoned flour and panko.




    Removing the membrane


    Sous chef testing the temp if everything.


    Ready to cook


    I have found that the best tool for battering onion rings is a chop stick.


    Onion donuts!


    Works great!


    Sous chef always get the sticky finger job. And yes he washed his hands.





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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome cook. Rings look great.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    What's steak fingers?
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh man, this is a Boy Scout classic!

    Strips of steak or cubed steak. Seasoned breading and fried. I bought pre cut steak strips (who knows what they were before, they were about 1/2" square. Make a seasoned flour, coat the steak. Dip in an egg and milk wash. Then into more seasoned flour with panko. We season the flour with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika.

    Then fry. You can do this in a cast iron skillet too. Oil and butter. That's how we did it in scouts. Was our first night dinner on pack trips. We didn't do the egg wash and second coating on those trips. We'd pack in the coated steak in a zip lock and fry.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016
  4. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Love it, looks excellnt and your sous chef has it going on... tell him nice work!
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you! I sure will!
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Rings look good lots of work. Thanks nice post

  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job, Case!

    Looks like another project for my wok.

    Thank-you for the detailed recipe!


  8. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Good to see the young ones involved.

    Great looking rings.
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Richie!
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Al! Get the oil rolling! Forgot to mention I used peanut oil for this fry.
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you. My Sous chef loves to help.
  12. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Its pretty great how you involve the little guy.  Important skills to pass on.  Well done.
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you! He's been helping in the kitchen since he was 3.
  14. jetman

    jetman Smoke Blower

    Looking great Dirt! Guess I better finish the second Discada.

  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  16. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good enough for points to me, Case.

    Just one question, with this great start you realize the Sous Chef will surpass you some day. Can you handle it?

  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Disco!

    I sure hope he does. He's the one we're counting on supporting us!

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