Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Recognition of Beth Greene: Vidalia Onion Rings

Beth Greene is the youngest daughter of Hershel and Josephine Greene. Although Josie died when Beth was young, Hershel's second wife Annette became like a mother to the girl. When the global apocalypse hit and Annette and Sean were infected, Beth believed her father when he spoke of a cure. 
It was with the destruction of the captive Walkers in Hershel's barn that Beth's awakening began. She became hysterical upon seeing the reanimated corpse of her mother. And suicidal when she realized that the cure spoken of by her father was an empty promise. 
The love and support shown to Beth by both her sister and the Group did not convince her that life still had value. It was the reckless move of Andrea that finally forced Beth to make the decision to live. Andrea's allowance of Beth to be alone, permitted the girl to make a half-hearted suicide attempt. And in the process, discovered that she did indeed, want to live.
Although terrified at the prospect of death at the hands of a herd of Walkers, Beth doggedly chose to continue living. She was truly a product of her upbringing. A Georgia girl with the values of her Irish family.
It is with the spirit of "Misneach" ("courage" in Gaelic) that the WDSCB presents Vidalia Onion Rings in recognition of Beth Greene. 
Onion rings have been made in the US since 1933. Made with Vidalia Onions, they are elevated to something much more special. Vidalia Onions are one of Georgia's most famous crops. Being both pungent and sweet, they remind us that we must take the bitter with the sweet. Misneach.

Vidalia Onion Rings

Two Vidalia Onions
Two Eggs
1/4 to 1/2 cup Flour
Seasoned Bread Crumbs (about 2 cups)
Creole Seasoning

Preheat oven to 450°. Alternately, get campfire VERY hot and allow coals to become red-hot. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the ends off of both onions,. Slice carefully into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Separate the slices into rings and place all rings into a large bowl of water.

Crack both eggs into a separate medium bowl and beat well with a fork. Into a second bowl, add the flour. Into a third bowl, add the bread crumbs and approximately 1 tsp of Creole Seasoning.

Remove the onion rings from the water one at a time. Shake off excess water. Dip into flour. Then dip into egg mixture. Then dip into breadcrumb mixture. You must complete the process in this order. Place the onion rings on a baking pan or cookie sheet that has been either greased or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Repeat with the remaining onion rings. Make sure you space them well apart on the baking pan and don't crowd them.

Then spray all coated onion rings with cooking spray. This step is not critical but it does result in better flavor and allows the crumbs to adhere better. If you cannot scavenge cooking spray, it is fine to skip this step. But do make the effort.

Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over all onion rings. Spray with cooking spray again and bake for 7-8 more minutes. Alternately, place onion rings onto a cast iron skillet. Spray as directed above. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and cook over campfire for 5-6 minutes. Flip and respray as directed above. Cover again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve with Ketchup if you can scavenge any.

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