I’ve made traditional onion rings before, and it was no joke. Deep frying is a lot of trouble for one little batch of onion rings, so I don’t make them often. I could just go and buy a fry daddy, but having one of those actually in my house would not be good for my waistline, which is already struggling.
Begin my slicing up a large Vidalia into ⅓ – ½ inch rings. Remove the tiny middle pieces and set aside for a different use. Put them into a large freezer bag and pour 2-3 cups of buttermilk over them as well as ½ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper, and ½ tsp seasoned salt.
Let those soak for several hours, or overnight in the fridge. Strain the onions, reserving the buttermilk mixture.
Next put 10 saltines and 3 large hand fulls of kettle cooked potato chips into a food processor or blender. Pulse these until they are finely crushed. You can also use a large ziploc for this and just smash and bash them until they are adequately crushed. Combine this mixture with ½ cup of panko bread crumbs.
Now combine the reserved buttermilk and mix well with one beaten egg. Set aside.
Set on a clean platter and continue breading all of the onion rings.
After they are all coated and the oven is heated, add them into the hot pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until they have browned on the bottom side. Flip over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, or just until the other side has browned.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.
- 1 large Vidalia Onion sliced into 1/2 inch rings
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 egg
- 10 saltines
- 3 large hand fulls kettle cooked potato chips
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup oil
- Soak the sliced onions in buttermilk, salt, cayenne pepper, and seasoned salt for at least 2 hours.
- Drain onions, reserving buttermilk. Mix one beaten egg with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, place flour and set aside. Crush the saltines and potato chips into a medium crumb. Combine with panko in a separate bowl.
- Preheat oven to 375 and add oil into a cookie sheet with sides. Place cookie sheet into oven to let oil heat.
- Bread rings by first placing into flour, then into buttermilk/egg mixture, then into crumb mixture. Set onto a clean platter.When all rings are breaded, place into hot cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Check frequently as the cooking time will depend on your particular oven.Flip over and cook on other side until browned.Remove and serve immediately.