Do you ever get a craving that just will not go away? That was exactly the case for this particular recipe. I immediately needed to satisfy my craving and whip up a batch of onion rings one night to accompany some burgers for dinner. These were a breeze to whip up and used up some leftover buttermilk that I had just sitting in my fridge.
We are lucky enough to own a tiny deep fryer thanks to Blair’s brother and girlfriend. It has been a nice addition to our kitchen. Blair has found countless things to fry up and make. You can still make these if you don’t have one, but may I suggest this one. These little guys were so delicious I probably could have eaten the entire tray myself (don’t worry I did restrain myself). They had the perfect crispiness and were not overly greasy. If you are looking for an accompaniment to some burgers, I highly recommend these.
Cornmeal-Fried Onion Rings
What you’ll need:
2 large Spanish onions (or 3 yellow onions)
2 cups buttermilk
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (medium) yellow cornmeal
1 quart vegetable oil
What you’ll do:
Peel the onions, slice them 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick, and separate them into rings. Combine the buttermilk, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add the onion rings, toss well, and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes. (The onion rings can sit in the buttermilk for a few hours if needed.)
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside. When you’re ready to fry the onion rings, line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot, deep fryer, or Dutch oven. In batches, lift some onions out of the buttermilk and dredge them in the flour mixture. Drop into the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes, until golden brown, turning them once with tongs. Don’t crowd them! Place the finished onion rings on the baking sheet, sprinkle liberally with salt. You can keep them warm in a 200 degree oven while frying the other batches. Continue frying the onion rings and placing them in the warm oven until all the onions are fried. They will remain crisp in the oven for up to 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Source: Ina Garten