Onions, cut into rings, dipped into batter, and deep fried.

Moore's, America's largest wholesaler of French fries, has noted that marketing studies show that onion rings are the #1 appetizer ordered by restaurant patrons (R&I Tastes of America, 1999), with adults ages 39-52 being the demographic group that orders them the most. By region, the American West lags behind the rest of the United States in ordering onion rings.

While you can make onion rings from any variety of onion, the restaurant and food industry prefers to use short day varieties developed for their single center, thick rings, sweeter flavor, and lower pungency.