Stuffed Onion Rings

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Vegetable or canola oil, for deep-frying

4 large white onions 

8 ounces sliced mozzarella

8 ounces sliced pepperoni 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

One 12-ounce bottle beer 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

1 cup your favorite marinara sauce, for dipping 


  1. Fill a large a large Dutch oven or deep fryer with 3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the onions crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices and separate into rings. Using 2 rings that will fit inside one another, sandwich a slice of cheese and a slice of pepperoni between the rings and press together. Repeat.
  3. Place 1/2 cup of the flour in a shallow dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Slowly whisk in enough beer to produce the consistency of a thick pancake batter. Season with salt and pepper. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Gently dredge the stuffed onion rings in the flour and then dip in the batter. Fry in batches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan.
  5. Serve immediately, with marinara sauce on the side.