Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday's Meal

Sometimes you want something that is so good, but not necessarily good for you. Spring is here and it has me thinking about the farmer's market and all the great things that are there. That got me thinking about onions. I really think they are delicious and you know what's even more delicious? Fried onion rings. Yummo!

Fried Onion Rings
3 large onions ( I like vidalia or spanish onions)
2 cups of buttermilk
2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cup of flour
1/4 cup of yellow cornmeal
oil for frying

Peel and slice onion to your desired thickness, 1/4"- 1/2" is probably good. Separate them into rings. Combine the buttermilk, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp of pepper in a bowl. Add the onions and toss well, allow them to marinate for at least 20 mins, but an hour or two is better. In another bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Set aside for now.
Now heat up your oil to approx. 375 degrees F, it's best to use a dutch oven or large pot versus a skillet to avoid a lot of mess, but either works well. Next get a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Now dip your onions into your buttermilk mixture and then your flour mixture. Allow them to set so that the coating isn't dripping off them. Place them in the hot oil without crowding, cook until golden brown about 2 or 3 mins. Remove to drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with more salt if desired.