Buttermilk Onion Rings

buttermilk onion rings on a burgerThe June/July 2011 Every Day with Rachael Ray (2-year affiliate link) caught my eye because of the burger on the cover. I actually followed the whole recipe (maybe a first!), right down to these onion rings. The idea of adding chives to onions sounded good and I have a ton of chives in the garden right now.

You could eat these plain of course, but I loved them on the burger. I cut down a bit on the buttermilk and sour cream as my onion wasn’t huge.

Buttermilk Onion Rings

  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 onion, peeled, sliced into 1" slices and rings separated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup snipped chives
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat a couple of inches of oil in a large deep frying pan over medium high heat or an electric fryer.
  2. Mix the buttermilk and sour cream together, then soak the onion slices in it.
  3. In a small shallow plate mix up the flour, chives, salt and pepper.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, dip the onion slices one at a time into the flour and mix around to coat, then put the slice back into the buttermilk, then back into the flour for a double coating. Put in the hot oil and cook about 4-5 minutes, turning once, until golden on both sides. Don't fry too many at once. You don't want them touching.
  5. Drain on paper towels or a rack.

You can eat these buttermilk onion rings plain or in a burger. We did both and dipped them into the Red Ranch dressing they had in the same article, which we also used on the burgers. I liked their idea but played with the proportions to make it more ketchup heavy.

Red Ranch Dressing

This is a great dipping sauce for French fries and onion rings and also tastes great on hamburgers.

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh chopped chives or parsley or other herbs
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • a few shakes of hot sauce
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve.


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