For many of us, Funyuns are a classic and beloved snack that takes us back to our childhoods. Funyuns are onion-flavored rings of cornmeal dough that we all loved to munch on. Not only were they a snack staple, but they were also a fun way to add flavor and texture to a sandwich or burger.
What Are Funyuns?
Funyuns are a snack made of cornmeal dough that has been pressurized into a ring shape. The rings are then fried and flavored with onion seasoning, giving them their signature taste. Funyuns were invented by the Frito-Lay company, but the exact recipe for the onion seasoning is a closely guarded secret.
Funyuns have traditionally been seen as a snack for those who are not vegan, but with a few simple changes, you can make a vegan version of this classic snack that is just as delicious as the original.
When making vegan Funyuns, you will want to replace the traditional ingredients with vegan-friendly alternatives. The first thing you will need to do is replace the animal byproducts in the onion seasoning. Instead of using milk powder, butter, or other dairy products, use vegan alternatives, such as vegan margarine, soy milk powder, or vegan cream cheese.
Next, you will need to replace the egg in the batter. You can use a mixture of ground flaxseeds and water in place of eggs. This mixture will bind the ingredients and provide the necessary texture for the Funyuns.
Finally, you will need to replace the oil used to fry the Funyuns. Instead of using vegetable oil, opt for a vegan-friendly oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
Making The Funyuns
Once you have your vegan ingredients, you are ready to make vegan Funyuns. Start by mixing together the dry ingredients—cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and onion seasoning—in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients—the flaxseed mixture, vegan margarine, and soy milk powder—until well-combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well-incorporated. The final dough should be thick and pliable.
Using a pastry bag, pipe the dough into rings onto a greased baking sheet. Bake the Funyuns in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
When the Funyuns are done baking, let them cool before frying. Heat your vegan-friendly oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add the Funyuns to the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy.
Serving Your Funyuns
Once your Funyuns are done frying, let them cool and then it’s time to eat! Serve them with your favorite vegan dip or just eat them plain. They’re perfect for snacking, as a side to a vegan meal, or as a topping for a sandwich or burger.
Tips and Tricks
If you want to make your Funyuns even more flavorful, try adding spices or herbs to the batter. A little rosemary or garlic powder will add a nice kick to your Funyuns.
For an even crispier Funyun, add a tablespoon of potato starch to the batter before frying.
Veganizing Funyuns is a great way to enjoy a classic snack without sacrificing flavor or texture. With a few simple substitutions, you can easily make vegan Funyuns that are just as delicious as the original. Get creative with your flavors and ingredients and create your own unique take on this classic snack.
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