Crispy onion rings couldn’t be easier to enjoy at home!
Buttermilk and spicy flour will coat and season these onions perfectly. The blue cheese sauce is the perfect place to dunk them!
I wish I could recall the first time I decided to try an onion ring. I would love to have seen my own face. I bet I was surprised by how delicious they actually were. That first serving of crispy onion rings must have been something special because they turned me from a french fry fanatic to an onion ring connoisseur. Now I find I crave them! If I can’t order rings while dining out, I just make them at home. Last year I tried my hand at onion straws for this Beer Cheese Bacon Burger. They were easy, flavorful and were perfectly crispy. But the straws were too small for my current craving, I needed RINGS!
For this recipe, I coated my rings with a buttermilk/egg mixture then dunked them into a combination of flour and bbq seasoning. I used a jar seasoning mix, but you can use what you like or omit it all together. The bbq flavor is very subtle; it’s more of an undertone.
The blue cheese sauce is a tangy, cool contrast for the seasoned, crispy onion rings. I am always looking for an excuse to add more blue cheese to my diet, but if blue cheese is not your thing, your favorite condiment will work nicely. These rings are really perfect enough all on their own, you could skip the condiment all together.
For the onion rings
- 2 large onions cut into thick slices
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoon bbq seasoning (such as McCormick Grilling Mates)
- Canola oil
For the sauce
- 2 oz blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon mayo
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place oil i2 inches of oil in a deep skillet. Allow oil to heat up to about 365 degrees.
- In a shallow pan, combine eggs and buttermilk whisking until combined. In a separate dish, combine flour and bbq seasoning. Dip each onion ring into buttermilk mixture, covering completely. Place wet rings into flour mixture turning rings to coat. Shake off excess flour and gently place onion rings into hot oil. Oil should immediately begin to bubble up around the onion rings. Allow onion rings to brown up on one side this should take 3-4 minutes. Turn onion rings over and allow the second side to crisp up. Remove onion rings to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.
- Repeat with the remaining rings.
- Meanwhile combine blue cheese and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Add more milk if mixture is too thick. Serve blue cheese sauce with onion rings.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 164Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 47mgSodium 250mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 7g
A few tips: Be sure to allow your oil to get hot enough. If you are a thermometer kind of person than 365 degrees is what you want. If you are a visual person like myself, then use a “test” onion. If it sinks as soon as you place it in the oil, then the oil is hot enough. The oil should bubble up around the onion ring as soon as the oil meets the onion. The onion rings only take 3-4 minutes to become crispy. Let the onions sit for that whole time before you touch, poke or prod them. This will ensure the coating stays on the onion ring. Flip them and let the second side get just as golden. Remove your onion rings to a paper towel to drain off any excess grease. Another note about adding your rings, be sure you do not add too many rings to your oil at once. Crowding will do two things, reduce the oil temperature and cause the rings to stick together-and that takes off the flavorful coating.
This has been longer than I anticipated! Whew! I’ve worked up an appetite just writing all this. I’m going to go eat these rings now. I sincerely hope you do the same.