Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
Shopping list for two hungry people:
- 1 very large (white) onion, sliced in rings. I ended up only using the big rings, because who needs small onion rings in their life?!
- ±2 cups of sunflower oil to fry them in (more if you're using a large pan)
- 1 cup (±250 ml) buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup (±60 ml) sunflower oil
- 1 cup (±230 gr) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Freshly chopped parsley
Step 1: Pick a pan you feel comfortable handling hot oil with and add 1,5 inches (±3,5 cm) of sunflower oil. Turn on medium heat, make sure the pan is steady! Turn on the oven (low heat) and get a baking dish within reach (step 6).
Step 2: Mix the wet ingredients (buttermilk, oil & egg), add the dry (flour, baking powder) and season to your liking.
Step 3: Pour the batter in a large ziplockbag, add (a part of) the onion rings and give them a good toss; make sure they're completely coated with the yummy batter. Let it rest for a while until the oil is ready.
Step 4: The oil is hot enough if a spoonful of batter starts to bubble, float and turns golden brown after a minute or two.
Step 5: Use a fork to transfer the rings (1 by 1) into the pan, be careful! Make sure the onions don't touch each other in the oil (they'll stick), fry them in batches of ±5 at a time, depending on the size of your pan. Flip the rings when you see the bottom turning golden, fry for another minute -or longer- it's your life and you can fry them as crispy as you like!
Step 6: Carefully transfer the golden onion rings to a sheet of kitchen paper, let them rest for a minute before moving them to the baking dish & into the oven to keep them warm until all the batches are done and you're ready to EAT THEM.
I was in the mood for garlic sauce, but you can pick any dipping sauce you like! Pair with an ice cold beer and enjoy!