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From the very instant I stumbled upon this recipe, I had a feeling it would be phenomenal. And oh boy, was I right! So incredibly tasty!

Crispy Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings Recipe

Introduction

Imagine the crispy crunch of onion rings meeting the gooey, cheesy satisfaction of mozzarella sticks. That’s the magic of Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings—a delicious fusion of two beloved snacks that’s sure to delight your taste buds. Perfect for game nights, parties, or even as a quirky side dish, these golden rings of goodness are a hit with friends and family alike. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to create this irresistible treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 large white onions
  • 8-10 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  1. Prepare the Onions and Mozzarella:
  • Peel the onions and slice them into 1/2-inch thick rings. Separate the rings, keeping the large and medium ones.
  • Cut the mozzarella sticks to fit inside the larger onion rings. Place one mozzarella piece inside each ring, ensuring a snug fit.
  1. Coat the Rings:
  • In a shallow bowl, mix the flour, garlic powder, paprika, and salt.
  • Place the beaten eggs in another shallow bowl, and have the breadcrumbs ready in a third bowl.
  • Dip each onion ring stuffed with mozzarella into the flour mixture, ensuring it’s fully coated. Then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally, coat it with breadcrumbs. Repeat the dipping process twice for each ring.
  1. Fry the Rings:
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan to 375°F (190°C).
  • Fry the coated onion rings in batches until they are golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  1. Serve Hot:
  • Drain the fried onion rings on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
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Variations & Tips

  • Bake Instead of Fry: For a healthier option, bake the mozzarella stick onion rings. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C), place the breaded rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lightly spray with cooking oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Experiment with Cheese: Don’t hesitate to try different cheeses like cheddar or pepper jack for a unique flavor twist.
  • Pairing Suggestions: These onion rings are fantastic on their own, but you can elevate them by serving them with marinara sauce or creamy ranch. For a complete meal, pair them with a salad or sweet potato fries to balance out the richness.

FAQs

1. Can I make these ahead of time?
While these onion rings are best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare them ahead of time and reheat them in the oven for a few minutes before serving.

2. Can I freeze the prepared onion rings?
Yes, you can freeze the breaded onion rings before frying. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag. Fry them straight from the freezer, adding a couple of extra minutes to the frying time.

3. Can I use other types of onions?
While white onions work best for this recipe, you can experiment with other varieties like yellow or sweet onions for slightly different flavors and textures.