Friday, October 29, 2010

Buttermilk Soaked Onion Rings

So after ohhh 2 years we have finally opened our deep fryer that we received for our wedding. Sorry to whoever sent it to us… I can’t remember who you are but trust me we’re grateful…  Is it bad that we haven’t put it away since the unveiling a few weeks ago, but seriously if my hubby had his way we would make something in it every night!! He has become the4 official fry cook and has made some yummy eats recently. It was of course Sunday Football, and we love to make fun foods to nibble on so we went with chicken wings and these delicious onion rings. There wasn’t one recipe in particular that I went with, there are different methods and techniques, one is a light crunchy coating and the other a puffy batter type. I also noticed that most of the recipes only called for you to just dip the onions in the buttermilk and then the flour, I let mine marinate in the buttermilk for a few hours in the refrigerator, and you could tell the difference!! We went with the crunchy version slightly tweaked and wow they were better than I’ve had a quite a few restaurants.

Buttermilk Onion Rings

Items Needed
Deep Fryer/Dutch Oven
Cookie sheet

  • 2 large Vidalia Onions
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1-2 tbsp hot Sauce
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 c all purpose flour

  • Peel the onions and slice them crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Separate each slice into individual rings and then remove the papery thin membrane covering the inside of each ring. ***Ok so I know this sounds like a weird thing to do but you know when you bite into an onion ring and the whole onion comes out at the same time it is because this step wasn't done.
  • In a Tupperware container add the buttermilk, hot sauce and a liberal amount of salt and pepper toss in the onions and give a good stir with a spoon than pop the top on a give a good shake then place in the fridge for about 2-3 hours, put mine on a plate and flipped it every 1/2 hour or so
  • When ready heat the oil to 375 degrees in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed stock pot, or a deep fryer like we used, line a cookie sheet with paper towels and set aside also take a shallow dish and pour in the flour
  • You will need to do this next step in batches, take the onions out of the fridge and before dipping in the flour allow the excess to drain off and then dredge the rings in the second dish of flour, making sure to coat the rings evenly. Tap off the excess and transfer the batch of coated rings to the hot oil/basket we put about 5-7 rings in each drop of the basket. Fry the rings until golden brown and tender, about 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove each batch to the paper towel lined cookie sheet and salt right away and try to not to eat to many right out of the fryer… Cook the rest of the onions in batches and eat right away!! They are so yummy you will be lucky if they make it to the table…

Eat and Enjoy!!


Karen said...

Yum! These look addictive. Makes me want to pull out my deep fryer. I have a feeling that once I did, I would have a hard time putting it away too.
Perfect snack for the game!

claire said...

I havent ever fried inside... I am too nervous. these might be reason enough to pull out a deep fryer!

Danelle said...

Oh man! Now I have an onion ring craving. :)

Meg (The Red Spoon) said...

I too have wedding gifts I am just now unpacking and using (almost 3 years later)! Unfortunately none of them are deep fryers, but I'm sure my dutch oven would produce a similar result. I guess this is another reason to not put it away!

Elisabeth said...

I left a comment yesterday...does not look like it went through...sigh..
Love the yummy onion rings...will take these over french fries any day!

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