I LOVE onion rings. I always order them when we go out - that is IF the place has good ones. Now, if you are getting any ideas and are considering delivering onion rings to my house to make my day, hold that thought. I don't like O-rings from fast food restaurants. They suck. I haven't found a fast food restaurant O-ring that I like yet. People say, "oh try the ones from Sonic" - I say "Peshaw - they are NASTY". Oh no, I'm not dising Sonic, I'll take a diet cherry limeade any day of the week & the kids love their greasy food, but when it comes to O-rings, Sonic ranks right there towards the bottom of my list. Now I do LOVE the onion straws from Texas Land and Cattle ~ they ROCK! Hooters has some pretty good O-rings as well as Buffalo Wild Wings. However I love making my own and here's how I do it:
(This recipe comes from a cookbook titled "Burgers" by David Morgam.)
Slice up a few white onions (2 or 3) like this:
Let them soak in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes.
1 cup flour
2 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 TBL Kosher salt
While your onions are soaking in buttermilk, fill a frying pan (I like to use cast iron) 1/4 of the way full with vegetable oil & heat the oil to 350 degrees F. (Or until a small piece of bread will brown in 30 seconds)
Dip a few onions at time in the flour mixture:
Fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.