Thursday, March 26, 2009

PW's Onion Straws

I saw these on Pioneer Woman's blog recently when she did a favorites post. I love these at restaurants and Josh was up for breaking out our mini fryer, so we gave it a shot. Plus I had some buttermilk left over from Irish Soda Bread last week and this was the perfect use for it. Plus plus, I haven't followed my diet this week since I made Cake Pops, so it was the right opportunity to splurge.Crispy Onion Straws
serves 2-4 (?)

1 large onion (I used a "big" onion and a medium onion. One would have been enough.)
2 c. buttermilk (I used 1 c. buttermilk and ~1.5 c. milk)
2 c. flour (I needed about 3.5 cups to coat all my onion slices!)
1 Tbsp salt
Lots of black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Canola Oil

1. Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk for at least one hour.
2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
3. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
4. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tab to shake off excess, and plunge into hot oil. (I used tongs and they worked out great.) Fry for a few minutes (~3) and remove as soon as golden brown. Set on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.5. Repeat until onions all onion slices are fried. Serve as a side, on a burger, or alone. Enjoy!
We loved these. But they will be a rare treat given the lack of nutritional value. We had them with paninis, and had more than we should have :/ They didn't reheat well though (soggy), so don't bother making extra for another day.

1 comment:

  1. Nikki,

    These sound great!! Paula Dean makes a dip for Onion Rings that is very similar to Outbacks dip you get with the bloomin onion!! I bet they would be great with this!!