What?!? Shut your mouth! Bacon wrapped onion rings??? Yes. Yes! YES!!!
I saw these in a restaurant recently and knew that I had to make them. The chef had this knowing glint in his eye while explaining what I was looking at. I was surprised to find many recipes online – but I couldn’t find any that used a battered Paleo onion ring. I worked all weekend to perfect this batter, so please, make traditional onion rings with the rest of the batter. They’re killer.
It’s Daddy’s Day this weekend, don’t forget! My dad, he gets to eat bacon when my sister or I visit. Or if he visits one of us. I was thinking of you when I was eating these, Dad! That’s an outright lie. There’s no way I was thinking about anything other than what was going on in my mouth at that moment! But when I was thinking about Father’s Day, this creation did come to mind. Truth.
I saw this link video recently; Jim Carrey giving a commencement speech full of words of advice and talking a little about things he’d learned from his dad. This isn’t the whole talk, just a one minute edit. You can see the whole thing here (about 1/2 hour worth). I like Jim, not just because he’s Canadian, but because he is really funny, and adaptable. I like some of his serious stuff too. I think it’s his smiling eyes to be honest. Seems like a genuine dude. I loved this line: “You will only ever have 2 choices: love and fear. Choose love. And don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” Anyway, enough about my man crush, although, do you think he’d like some bacon wrapped onion rings…?
- 2 medium onions (you're gonna make normal Paleo onion rings too, because how much time and bacon do you have??)
- bacon - as much as you want (average 1 strip per ring) *thin-sliced is best for wrapping
- coconut oil, lard, or oil of choice for deep frying (enough to easily cover rings)
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 3 tsp paprika
- ¼-1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- In a heavy-bottom pot, heat oil to medium-high heat (around 350-375 F). Remember that the temperature will drop when food is added.
- Cut onions horizontally to form rings.
- Separate larger rings (put middle of onions aside for use in other recipes).
- Beat egg in a mixing bowl.
- Combine all dry ingredients together in another mixing bowl.
- Dip rings individually in egg.
- Dredge ring in tapioca mixture.
- Gently drop into hot oil (careful not to splash and burn yourself).
- Cook only long enough for batter to solidify (30 seconds-ish?).
- Remove using slotted spoon and allow to drip on paper towel or newspapers.
- When cool enough to handle, carefully wrap with bacon.
- Secure with wooden skewers or tooth pics (2-3 in each depending on size - see photos).
- Return to hot oil until bacon is cooked (watch closely for desired doneness. Time will vary with temperature of oil and bacon thickness. Maybe 1-2 minutes?)
- Again remove with slotted spoon and allow to drip on paper towel or newspaper.
- Remove skewers or tooth picks.
- Serve hot. Great with Paleo Ranch Sauce, garlic chili sauce, and others.