Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is a casual dining restaurant chain with a menu featuring a variety of burger sandwiches made with beef, chicken, fish, turkey, pot roast, and vegetarian substitutes. Red Robin owns and operates 100 restaurants scattered across 13 states. The company also franchises its concept, maintaining licensing agreements with 98 additional restaurants located in 17 states and in Canada. With a per person average check of $10, Red Robin relies heavily on the sales of its gourmet burgers, which account for 44 percent of the company's food sales. Aside from gourmet burgers, the Red Robin menu includes salads, soups, appetizers, and other entrees such as rice bowls and pasta.

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Towering Onion Rings



TOWERING ONION RINGS
Red Robin Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Onion Rings:
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
4 large sweet onions, peeled and sliced into 3/4 inch slices
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
6 large eggs
1/4 cup water
5 cups panko crumbs
6-8 cups canola oil

Combine sea salt and next 4 ingredients; set aside. Separate onions into rings.

Set Up: Set aside 3 large shallow bowls. Combine flour, cornmeal and 1 tsp. salt mixture in first bowl. Whisk eggs and water in second. Mix panko and 1 tsp. salt mixture in third.

Breading: Dredge each ring in flour mixture, then egg mixture. Dip ring into flour mixture again, then panko mixture, pressing crumbs onto rings to ensure even coating. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onions. Cover loosely; chill 30 minutes.

Cooking: Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large deep skillet or electric fryer. Fry rings in batches, allowing oil to return to 350 degrees between batches. Place cooked onions on paper towel-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt mixture. Serve with Campfire Sauce.

Campfire Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup barbecue sauce (use Hickory Honey Sweet Baby Ray's brand)
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined.Refrigerate to blend flavors and then serve as a dipping sauce. Makes 2 cups



Notes: To make a homemade onion ring tower you will need a wooden spoon and a mason jar with a lid. Drill a hole in the lid the same size as your spoon handle.  Insert the long end of the spoon into the bottom of the lid. Screw the lid on with the spoon inside the jar and you'll have a wooden tower to stack your onion rings on.

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