Just kidding. We didn’t even bother trying with their burgers. But we can’t be the only ones who visit 8Cuts and just get the onion rings sometimes, when the time isn’t right for a burger? 8Cuts’ onion rings have a light crispness to it, and a smokey flavor, that we just can’t find in other joints that offer the beloved side.
We add both beer and club soda to give the batter lightness and flavor. Cornmeal adds texture, and can be found in specialty groceries like Santi’s or Healthy Options. And powdered barbecue can be picked up in any well-stocked grocery together with their spices—it is key in attaining the smokey flavor that is unique to 8Cuts’ onion rings. We recommend making the effort for these rings if you plan to make a huge batch. Otherwise, popping into your local 8Cuts branch for a single serving will still save you time, money, and effort.
Food Hack: 8Cuts’ Onion Rings
Serves: 4-6 people
Active time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour
2 large white onions, sliced into half inch rounds
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal, finely ground
½ tbsp. barbecue powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup club soda, chilled
½ cup light beer, chilled
1 cup flour
Oil, for frying
3 tbsp. barbecue powder
In a large bowl, mix together cream and lemon juice.
Add onions and soak for 30 minutes.
While the onions are soaking, prepare batter.
In a large bowl, whisk together baking powder, ¾ cup flour, cornmeal, barbecue powder, and salt.
Stream in club soda and light beer, whisking continuously, until a thin batter forms.
Heat oil to 375F.
Add 1 cup flour to a large bowl.
Remove onions from soak and let excess drop off.
Add onion to the bowl with flour and toss, coating each onion in flour.
Take each piece and shake off excess flour, then dip into batter.
Place onion rings into the fryer and fry until lightly golden brown.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Dust each onion ring in barbecue powder once removed from the fryer.
Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.