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Tobacco Onions

After they are cooked, they look like shredded tobacco.


  • 5 cups peanut or other light oil
  • 2 large yellow or sweet onions, peeled and sliced very, very thin
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F on a food thermometer in a deep saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium-size bowl and carefully toss to coat onions. Remove onions from flour mixture, shaking to remove excess.
  3. Fry a few slices at a time for about 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  4. Repeat until all onions are fried.
  5. Drain on paper towel.