You know you want to try these. Let’s not fool ourselves, they are TERRRRRRIBLE for you. But they are also junk food heaven, so you have to try them at least once. They make a fun side dish that kids would devour, as well as an indulgent topper for a nice steak or juicy grilled burger.
Start by slicing a large onion with a mandolin, or a thinly as possible by hand.
Soak in buttermilk for a few hours….
For some reason I didn’t take a photograph of the dunking stage…..oh well, onto the frying stage!
The eating stage. Greasy, golden, crispy onion strings!
One of many possible serving options; on top of a homemade BBQ’d burger.
Fried Onion Strings Recipe
1 large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
Plenty of black pepper
¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper
Canola oil for frying
1. Begin by peeling the onion and slicing very thinly.
2. Separate the onion slices and place them in a shallow dish. Pour buttermilk over the top.
3. Press the onions down so they’re submerged as much as possible and let them soak on the counter for at least an hour. If necessary, stir them around a bit halfway through the soaking process.
4. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne.
5. Pour 1 to 2 quarts canola oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Heat to 375 degrees, or until a pinch of flour sizzles when sprinkled over the pan.
6. Using tongs, remove a handful of onions from the buttermilk and immediately dunk into the flour mixture. Coat the onions in the flour mixture, then tap them on the inside of the bowl to shake off the excess.
7. Plunge the onions into the hot oil.
8. With a spoon, fiddle with them a bit just to break them up. And watch them! They’ll be ready to remove from the oil in no time flat.
9. When they’re golden brown (this should take under a minute), remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
10. Repeat with the remaining onion slices and serve immediately.