Buttermilk Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe

Buttermilk Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe
Staff Writer

Onion rings are good year round, but I tend to crave heavier foods during the colder winter months. Having eaten at shameful high number of chain restaurants in my childhood, I particularly enjoy the slightly sweet, zesty horseradish dipping sauce that often accompanies onion rings. This horseradish-blue cheese dip is my take on that sauce. 

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Ingredients

Peanut oil, for frying

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup beer

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 sweet onions, peeled, cut in 1-inch thick rounds

Directions

Preheat the oil for deep frying to 360 degrees. 

Combine all the ingredients except for the onion slices in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Separate the onion slices into individual rings. Coat onion rings thoroughly in batter. 

Carefully add several battered onion rings to the preheated oil so that they sit in a single layer at the top of the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry onion rings until golden—about 3 minutes per  batch—carefully flipping onion rings after about 2 minutes. 

Lay fried onion rings on a paper towel to drain. Repeat frying process with remaining onions, working in batches. Serve immediately once all rings have  been fried. 

Serve with Horseradish-Blue Cheese Sauce for Onion Rings.

Buttermilk Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Buttermilk Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.