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America's Favorite....Onion Rings

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups beer, at room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 egg whites
2 1/2 cups fine dried bread crumbs
3 extra large onions, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
peanut oil, for frying

Directions: Combine flour, baking powder, beer and 1/2 teaspoon of each seasoning. And let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. At high speed beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold white into the batter. In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs and remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; add a little chili powder if you wish. Stir to mix well. In a deep pan heat 2-inches of peanut oil to 375F. (Test by dropping a little batter into the hot oil. It should immediately sizzle.) Dip rings, a few at a time into the batter, shaking off any excess. Next dip rings into breadcrumbs, coating evenly and shaking off excess. Place breaded rings in a single layer on a baking sheet, separating layers with waxed or parchment paper. When oil is hot, working in batches, slip the rings into hot oil, being careful not to crowd the pan, nor to cook the fat. Fry until golden brown and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels or newspaper. Add salt when served. Makes 6 servings.