NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY
On June 22nd, National Onion Rings Day recognizes a batter-dipped, deep-fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers.
Also found in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.
- A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese then deep-frying them in boiling lard. It also recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
- Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
- The Pig Stand restaurant chain, established in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s, is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
- A recipe for deep-fried onion rings dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.
- In the 1960s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.
Many agree onion rings taste best hot from the fryer. Whether you dip them in a sauce or not is up to you. There are plenty to choose from these days, too. Sweet, spicy, salt and vinegar, and everything in between.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOnionRingsDay
Head out to your favorite diner and order up some onion rings. You can also make them at home. We even have a recipe for you to try. Of course, you may have a family favorite, and if you do, be sure to show it off!
How will you be celebrating? Let us know using #NationalOnionRingsDay on social media.
NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this appetizing holiday.
June 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Adrien Decambre of France and James Hadden Young of England received the first U.S. patent for a type-setting machine. Patent no. 2,139 for their “Pianotype” machine allowed types to be placed using levers and gravity.
At the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, astronomer James W. Christy discovers Pluto’s first and largest moon – Charon.
Disney premieres the animated film Ratatouille. Directed by Brad Bird, the star-studded film featured the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole, Janeane Garofalo and many more.
Senate D.C. Statehood hearing begins.
June 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Richard Gurley Drew – 1899
While working for 3M, Richard Gurley Drew invented masking and cellophane tape. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.
John Dillinger – 1903
The notorious American gangster earned the nickname “Public Enemy No. 1” during the Great Depression.
Rose Kushner – 1929
The breast cancer survivor, author, and journalist became an advocate who helped change the standard of care for breast cancer treatment.
Octavia E. Butler – 1947
Octavia Butler is best known for the novel Kindred, also published the Patternist series of science fiction novels. She brought human issues to her storytelling and opened the door for other black women writers to pursue science fiction.
Cyndi Lauper – 1953
“Time After Time” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” so they show their “True Colors.” The American pop singer-songwriter and actress has been performing for more than 40 years.
Erin Brockovich – 1960
In 1991, Erin Brockovich investigated water contamination in Hinkley, California for the law firm Masry & Vititoe. At the time, she was a file clerk. Today, Brockovich runs her own consulting firm and continues to investigate water contamination across the United States. Her story was brought to life in the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.