Would you like fries or onion rings with your order? This is a typical question we are asked when ordering a burger or a hot dog! Onion rings by far are probably the tastiest companion to a good burger or hot dog! These deep fried rings of pure deliciousness are not to be missed next time you visit Pit Stop Smokehouse!
What makes onion rings so appealing to people? We can’t be sure, but the fried batter with the taste of onion is one heck of a good combination! Don’t you agree?
Onion rings have been around for quite some time in the U.S. though the exact origin of where they all started is unknown, a recipe was published in the New York Daily Times in 1910.
Sam Quigley started a company in 1955 based on the concept of creating products for the food service industry that would eliminate taking the work out of the kitchen and straight into flash fryers.
He supplied restaurants with frozen, fry-n-serve hand breaded onion rings. In the beginning, he sold them out of his storefront in Nebraska but the business quickly boomed and his idea for a company was born. In 1959, the demand for these special onion rings was so high that a factory was built to make them. Mechanized methods were introduced to make the onion ring-making process faster and more efficient. Onion rings truly became popular in the 1960’s, when the A & W chain restaurant introduced the dish to its’ menus.
Onion rings are typically served with ketchup but dipping them in mayonnaise and chipotle sauces are good too!
The trick to eating an onion ring is to avoid pulling the entire onion out of the batter if one fails to cut through both layers with their teeth. Did you know, that there is an actual unofficial Onion Ring Day in the U.S. – June 22nd.