If you like crispy onion rings, (and who doesn’t?) but you don’t like deep frying, these Onion Patties are just the thing.
Let me start by saying, you really must try these, they are SO good. They are crisp, full of caramelised onion flavour and they are shallow fried. In addition to these wonderful characteristics, they are also suitable for people who follow a gluten-free or vegan diet.
Vegetable patties are a busy cook’s best friend.
In the simplest form, almost any vegetable can be added to a basic batter and shallow fried, producing the basis of a simple meal or a tasty side dish. To alter the flavours I sometimes add herbs and a cheese of some kind.
These Onion Patties contain just a few simple ingredients; in fact, you’ve probably got everything on hand to make a batch.
The patties are excellent served as a snack food or as a side dish to a juicy barbecued steak or a comforting roast chicken. In fact, they are also delicious served as an appetiser. Just make them bite size, top with a horseradish and sour cream dressing and pieces of smoked salmon. They are perfect for entertaining; it is simple to double or even triple the mixture for a large batch. I feel I must warn you; they are very popular and almost impossible to resist.
The most difficult aspect of making these patties is dealing with the inevitable tears which result from chopping the onions.
I, very bravely, did these by hand. 🙂 You may prefer to use a food processor. It is important to chop the onions finely as large pieces will not cook properly. And if any of you have a tear-proof onion chopping method I would love to hear from you. I’ve tried many methods, but none are completely satisfactory.
And again, I encourage you to try this very easy, delicious recipe. Serve them hot from the frying pan then sit back and wait for the sounds of people enjoying their food. I have chosen to serve these with my Sweet Chilli Sauce.
Please comment below if you try them.
P.S. My friend Alina included this recipe in a great roundup here.
Onion Patties - Vegan and Gluten Free
You will love these easily made, flavourful, Onion Patties that have a light, crisp batter. Using ingredients you will likely have on hand, I am confident these patties will be popular with family and friends. (Oh, and they're Vegan and Gluten Free!)
- 3/4 cup plain flour I use Orgran gluten-free
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cornmeal or polenta *
- 2 tsp baking powder gluten-free
- 2 tsp coarse cooking salt *
- 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground, or more to taste
- 3/4 cup soy milk
- 2 1/2 cups onions finely chopped, approximately 3 medium onions
- 2 green/Spring onions finely sliced, white and some of the green part
- 1/2 cup oil (for frying, approximately) grapeseed or vegetable *
- Sweet Chilli Sauce to serve
Finely chop your onions and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients to evenly distribute them.
Add the milk and stir well. You will have a thick batter.
Add the finely chopped onions and mix until well blended.
Add the oil to a large frying pan, and heat the oil over medium heat. I check that the oil is ready by using a simple method. I stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil is ready, it will bubble around the spoon.*
Drop batter by tablespoons into the hot oil. To ensure that the patties are cooked in the centre it is important to flatten the batter with the back of a spatula or spoon.
Cook for 2-3 minutes before turning and cooking the other side. Both sides should be golden brown and crispy.*
Drain for a minute on paper towels and continue cooking the remainder.
Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce.
*I used finely ground polenta.
*The teaspoons of salt are flat, not rounded
*The oil should be about ½” deep.
*It is important that the oil not be too hot or the patties will brown before the centre is cooked. It is also important that the oil not be too cool or the patties will absorb the oil, leaving them soggy and greasy.
*The patties must be a rich brown shade to ensure the filling is properly cooked.