It’s a real bummer when you go in search of an ingredient that you know you’ve seen at the store before, only to learn that they don’t carry it.
When we lived in New England, the Whole Foods in our town had a much better selection. This selection included gluten free french fried onions. Unfortunately, my local Whole Foods is about 1/4 the size of that one and, alas, did not carry gluten free french fried onions.
So, with the help of a friend who told me how she makes her homemade french fried onions (not gluten free), I decided I would quickly make some of my own so that we could still have our dairy free green bean casserole…a Thanksgiving must-have in our house.
No kidding. Green bean casserole is non-negotiable. Either it’s on the table, or it’s not Thanksgiving!
My friend said that she uses a mixture of
flour, eggs and a splash of milk to make a batter. She then would slice the onions very thin, dip them in the batter, and fry them up in oil in a pan.
Well, I can’t use eggs, as my oldest and I are allergic, and I can’t use milk, as our youngest is allergic. So I was going to have to improvise…
I used a blend of brown rice flour, which is naturally gluten free, extra light olive oil and a splash of rice milk (not pictured). As it turned out, a splash wasn’t enough, as the consistency of the batter looked more like chunky cream of wheat. So I added more and more rice milk to make the mixture more like a batter. For taste, I added finely ground sea salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder.
The batter, once mixed well, looked like this:
After mixing the batter, I sliced up the onion into very thin slices…as thin as I could get them while I heated up some extra light tasting olive oil in the skillet.
I then dipped each onion into the batter and immediately placed them into the hot oil, frying them up and then placing them onto a paper towel lined plate.
Success! Gluten Free French Fried Onions that were also egg free and dairy free (vegan / lenten), and they were good!
How’s that for a last-minute winging it Thanksgiving ingredient?
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