Every once in a while I get a craving for Onion Rings. I do not get this craving a lot, but like Fried Chicken, when the fever hits I just gots to get me some. I love them with a good bison steak, or even a good New York beef steak. I made them for my family over Christmas break and they just loved them so I decided to share the recipe I cut out or copied over the years.
Cut your onion rings, then in a medium bowl toss with hot sauce and a teaspoon of salt.
Do not be afraid of using the hot sauce. Surprisingly the hot flavor is dissolved by the oil frying process. I let sit, for 3o minutes to try to capture more flavor. Trust me, it is only a little hint. We did this by accident when I was letting my brother-in-law pour the sauce into the bowl and he poured the entire bottle in. It turned out great! Add the buttermilk in with the onions and Tapatio and let sit another 15 minutes.
In another medium bowl mix the flour, salt garlic powder, and pepper. I take a baking sheet put down a layer of wax paper, dip the onion ring into the flour and set aside. I use a good deep-frying la Creuset pot to keep the oil from going every where, some people just use a cast iron skillet. Put enough oil to have at least 3-4 inches deep, bring oil to 360 degrees. This is a great time to make your Ranch Dressing, yes I said MAKE. It is easy. You can make it the day before if you like.
In a small bowl add the yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and herbs. Mix well. Add the buttermilk and stir some more. Set aside.
This is a good time to look around and see what your two year old is doing because she has not made a sound in 30 seconds.
When the oil reaches 360 degrees, add the onions that have been coated one at a time. Do not over crowd the pot, and fry them for about 3 minutes, turn them over once in those 3 minutes. When they appear golden brown remove them and set on paper towels and repeat process. This process takes some time. So what I do is heat the oven to warm, and add them to the plate with paper towels that is in the oven to keep warm.
You can plate them as an appetizer, or add them on top of a steak.
I am going to tell you, these might be the best I ever made. This is a great side dish to hamburgers, grilled meats, or just an appetizer. Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!
Get after it.