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Tobacco Onions

This recipe is adapted from one developed by Dean Fearing, chef at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. The name comes from the onions’ distinctive color after frying. Try them as a side dish, as well as a topping for soups, sandwiches, and Frito Pie.


  • 5 c. peanut oil 
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. pepper 
  • 1 tsp. paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne 
  • 2 large 1015 or yellow onions, peeled, thinly sliced, and separated into rings  
Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl; add onions, and toss. Shake off excess dry mix, and fry rings, a few at a time, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and keep warm until serving.
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