Onion rings? Enter shallot rings. Oh yes – these mild and delicate onions are in another classification all in their own. Not to mention eating these is much easier and healthier than your classic order of onion rings at the mom and pop restaurant down the street. These guys will melt in your mouth and remind you of thin shoestring fries. Simple, dainty but full of flavor without the bloated fried feeling afterward. Check out how we take shallot rings for a spin below.
- 6 shallots
- ¼ cup olive oil, extra virgin
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. salt, divided
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. smoked Paprika
Peel the shallots and slice thinly into rounds. You want to be sure and cut them into rounds and not the long way, as they are different from onions in that they don’t come in rings – they take on a clove texture.
Heat olive oil medium-high in a large skillet until the pan is nice and hot.
Toss shallot slices in flour and add to skillet.
Sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper.
Toss in hot oil until evenly browned, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, place on a paper towel lined cookie sheet to soak up any excess oil.
Sprinkle with paprika and the second tsp. of salt.
We recommend serving these as an appetizer with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce!
Additionally, these shallot rings are great replacements for potato chips or French fries. But where they REALLY shine is if they are used as the replacement on a great burger. Then you get the crispy texture along with the subtle taste. They also work great as toppings for soups and incorporating into salads.