oven fried guinness onion rings with stout gravy

oven fried guinness onion rings with stout gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

In the pecking order of side foods that are fried, where does your loyalty lie?

Classic French fries? Maybe you swing to the sweet potato fries because if you’re like me you’ve convinced yourself that these are somewhat healthy therefore devouring a basketful wouldn’t add a single pound. No sirree. Or, maybe your loyalty lies in the great and mighty, tater tot. You know my feelings about Sir Tot.

But somewhere between a tot and a fry, lies the ol’ onion ring. Is it me, or did onion rings get a pushed out of the way when Funyons made their appearance? Folks could hardly resist the yellow and green packaging. Plus, the bonus part, these onions didn’t evoke tears.

guiness onions

So, today I am being a fried side food team player, and putting in the ol’ standard onion ring. And can we please talk for a moment about how I used to dread cutting onions. Mr. B actually received onion cutting goggles from my mother as a gag gift for Christmas a couple of years ago. Gag gift aside, these truckers work. I may look like a major tool shed, but it beats looking like Fiona Apple with mascara running down my face.

oven fried guinness onion rings with stout gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

With my onion goggles on, I had no problem taking one for the team and whipping up these Guinness oven fried onion rings. Since St.Paddy’s Day is five minutes away, why not make a bag of Funyons jealous and add a little giggle juice? Oh, and then dip them into some stout gravy.

My 1/200th Irisih heritage is doing an Irish jig.

oven fried guinness onion rings with stout gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

Oven Fried Guinness Onion Rings with Stout Gravy

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes + overnight chill time

Cook Time: 15 minutes


for the onion rings:
2 large yellow or sweet onions, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup Guinness
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 cups panko
1/4 cup fine cornmeal
Parsley, garnish

for the stout gravy:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chick stock
1/4 Guinness beer


for the onion rings:
In a casserole dish, place sliced onions and cover with 2 cups buttermilk and beer. Cover dish with foil and put in fridge for at least 5 hours or for better results overnight.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove onions from fridge and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, paprika, and salt. In another bowl, mix together remaining buttermilk and eggs. Take half of the flour mixture and add it to the buttermilk and give it a good whisk. In another large bowl, combine panko, cornmeal, and salt.

Spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray. Take an onion slice, dip into the flour, then the buttermilk, and then the panko. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onion slices. Bake onions for about 15 to 20 minutes, flipping midway. Bake until crispy. Serve gravy alongside.

for the stout gravy:
Preheat a sauce pan to medium heat. Melt butter. Add the flour and begin to whisk creating a roux. Let the flour cook out for a minute. Add the chicken stock and stout. Continue to whisk until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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36 Responses to “oven fried guinness onion rings with stout gravy”

  1. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — March 12, 2014 at 13:02

    Oh, boy! I want! This makes me excited for St. PAddy’s !

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 13:50

      Me too!! Isn’t it the best food and booze holiday? Thanks, Ali!

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    Tieghan — March 12, 2014 at 13:21

    Oh my gosh! This is a St. Patricks day need!! Love that you soaked the onions in beer and the gravy? Well that is amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 13:51

      Thank you, Tieghan!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 12, 2014 at 13:32

    These onion rings look PERFECT! Love the recipe!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 13:51

      Thanks, Katrina! Beer and onions are total friends:)

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    Erika — March 12, 2014 at 13:35

    I might’ve just died.. I might be drooling.. I might need to make these onion rings and gravy like as soon as I get home.. I mean.. seriously you soaked onions in buttermilk and beer… my life is complete..

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 13:52

      LOL!! Hold that thought. Send some biscuits my way and I’ll send the gravy! Life is now complete:)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 12, 2014 at 13:39

    Oh man, these sound and look so good! I love that they’re oven-fried instead of deep-fried in oil!!!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 13:53

      Right?!! The oven gets way over looked. Plus, the bonus, getting to eat more gravy!

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 12, 2014 at 13:58

    Yes, you just made these rings the best by adding beer. Not going to share…..and that GRAVY!!!!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 14:26

      LOL!!! Thanks, friend!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — March 12, 2014 at 13:59

    Um, so these onion rings are amazing. And they’re paired with stout gravy! This is such an awesome combo. :)

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 14:27

      Thank you, Beth!

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    Kathryn — March 12, 2014 at 14:29

    For years I thought I didn’t like onion rings and then I tried one and I was properly obsessed. The flavours in these sound like they just totally take it up a notch – can’t wait to give them a try!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 22:24

      Dude, onion rings are the shizzzzzz! You gotta try this version! Thanks, friend!

  9. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — March 12, 2014 at 15:06

    The breading!! It looks SO crunchy and perfect. And gravy makes everything even better.

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 22:25

      Thank you, Nicole!

  10. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 12, 2014 at 15:14

    Oh my goodness! That gravy sounds amazing! Can you stack like they do at Red Robin but instead of sharing I keep them all for myself? Can’t stay away from onion rings. Just simply can’t!
    Looks perfect!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 22:26

      LOL!! Actually, stacking them sounds like a great idea! And you should totally keep these to yourself:) Thanks, Melanie!

  11. #
    Julia — March 12, 2014 at 15:34

    Mr. B has a great sense of humor, PLUS he’s brilliant because I could seriously use a pair of those OCGs myself!! I LOVE onion rings and that stout gravy is seriously messing with my heart strings. BRING IT ON, SISTER!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 22:26

      I’ll send some over ASAP! Thanks, Julia!

  12. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — March 12, 2014 at 17:21

    Want these! They look and sound amazing. Any excuse to eat (or drink) more Guinness!

    • Lauren replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 22:26

      I couldn’t agree more! Thanks, Molly!

  13. #
    Melanie — March 12, 2014 at 17:55

    OH. MY. I just bought some Guiness for a recipe I’m making this week and I’m thinking I’ll need to be making these onion rings as well. Yum!

  14. #
    Eileen — March 12, 2014 at 18:27

    Wait, people actually EAT Funyons? Yikes. Those things always cut up the roof of my mouth so badly. That said, I am 1000% behind a good, savory onion ring, and these sound fantastic! NOM.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 12, 2014 at 19:05

    Lauren these look gorgeous!! I don’t know how you cut those onions so perfectly, I am always reduced to a teary eyed mess in their presence lol

  16. #
    whatjessicabakednext — March 12, 2014 at 19:19

    These look fab! The onion rings look super crispy and delicious!

  17. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — March 13, 2014 at 05:18

    This is such a fun recipe! I am team sweet potato fry, but I would trade it in for some of these!

  18. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 13, 2014 at 11:59

    So fun!! I love homemade onion rings but these are so much better!

  19. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 13, 2014 at 12:14

    Hahaha!! My parents-in-law have those onion goggle and I thought they were absolutely ridiculous, until I actually wore them and they really blocked out everything. I try to cut onions as quickly as possibly, so I’m lucky to say that I haven’t had a tear fest recently :)

    These onions rings sound to die for. I feel like you are always making the best food and then topping it with the best sounding gravy. Go you.

  20. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — March 13, 2014 at 20:09

    Wow you had me at onion rings then you add in the guiness and stout gravy for dipping. LOVE THIS Lauren. Onions rings are totally my guilty pleasure to order when we go out, I have never tried making them at home before but totally need to after seeing this! Pinned

  21. #
    cassie — March 13, 2014 at 20:18

    Stout gravy. I die.

  22. #
    Joanne — March 15, 2014 at 11:29

    I do love me some sweet potato fries but I’ll choose onion rings over them any day! The fact that they are guinness battered and stout gravied? All the better.

  23. #
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — March 17, 2014 at 13:49

    OMG I love that these are baked! Thank YOU! Beer and onions and gravy, seriously does it get better?!


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