Fried onion

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Fried onion with seasoning
French fried onions

Fried onions or French fried onions[1] are a popular snack food, garnish, or vegetable accompaniment to various recipes. Common fried onions are cooked by basic pan frying or sautéing of sliced onions. This produces a fairly soft cooked onion, which may brown some from a Maillard reaction, depending on the length of cooking and the temperature. The Philadelphia cheesesteak is a hot sandwich commonly served with sautéed onions, and they are half of the dish called liver and onions. In the Middle East Mujaddara is a dish made of lentils and rice topped with fried onions. In Indian cuisine, fried onions are one of the key ingredients for the rice dish called biryani.

Crisp fried onions[edit]

If the much higher temperature, immersive, deep frying is used, this prepares the onions in a manner similar to that of French fried potatoes. Smaller and irregularly shaped (from being deep-fried until they are crunchy) onions are an integral part of the American dish Green bean casserole. They are sold prepared by some companies, for example Durkee and French's[2] French Fried Onions are brands sold in a paper canister. Freshly made crisp fried onions may be used as garnishes in some restaurants. Large, often ring shaped batter coated deep-fried onions are often associated with fast food and casual dining. Examples include onion rings and blooming onion.

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  1. ^ Dull, S.R.; Fowler, D.L. (2006). Southern Cooking. University of Georgia Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-8203-2853-9. 
  2. ^ Wilbur, T. (2006). Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2: More Amazing Clones of Famous Dishes from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains. Plume. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-452-28800-3.