These were literally the best onion rings I have ever tasted, and one of the best things I have ever made. They are that good. Life changing good. Onion-loving-converting good...if you are willing to try them.
Hopefully I have a few readers who actually like onions and onion rings. I promise this recipe will not disappoint!
Buttermilk Onion Rings
1 cup buttermilk
1 large onion, sliced into rings
Enough canola oil to provide 2 inches of oil in your pot
1 bottle of beer
1 1/2 cups flour
Shake of kosher salt
Sprinkle of garlic powder
Sprinkle of black pepper
Sprinkle of Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup flour for dredging
Kosher salt, to taste after frying
Heat canola oil in large dutch oven at 375 degrees. Cut onion into 1/4 to 1/2 inch-wide rings. Separate rings and allow them to soak in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes to remove the strong onion flavor. Add one bottle of beer to a large bowl and sift in 1 1/2 cups flour. Add kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper and whisk until combined. Dredge onions in 1/2 cup flour and then coat then in beer batter. Fry in 375 degree oil (be careful not to over crowd the oil), stirring oil occasionally to cook both sides evenly. Remove when onion rings are browned, about 4 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with kosher salt and keep warm in 200 degree oven or eat immediately.