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Onion Strings

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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I know they don’t look it, but these teeny tiny, thinly-sliced fried onions are so pleasantly flavorful and crisp, and such an utterly perfect accompaniment for so many different main courses, they really need to be placed on some list of Culinary Triumphs of All Time.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (scant) Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 quart (to 2 Quarts) Canola Oil
  • Black Pepper To Taste

Preparation

Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Heat oil to 375 degrees.

Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and PLUNGE into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown.

Repeat until onions are gone.

Eat before your family sees them.

Repeat with another onion, because they’ll be really mad they didn’t get any.

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judes74 on 5.18.2011

I made these the other night and they are delicious! I will probably add a bit more cayenne next time. I also added fresh jalapeno slices to the buttermilk and onions and dipped and fried them too. We use ranch dressing as our dipping sauce. Will definitely be making them again. Judy

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Allison on 1.27.2011

:)

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Cathy Bray on 11.1.2010

Cannot wait to make these for my hubby…usually we get these at restaurants….YAY now I can make ‘em!

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diana74 on 10.15.2010

These are absolutely amazing! I make them for our Friday fun food night and we devour them. Even my 2 year old son LOVES them.

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Cindy on 8.15.2010

Wonderful! My husband said he could make a meal just on these onion strings. They were easy to make and have a great taste. Thank you Ree for another delicious recipe.

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Cheshire Cat on 9.1.2013

I am SO disappointed!! I don’t have a lot of money so to go out and buy one of these large special onions is a treat for me. I saw this recipe and thought it would be wonderful- it’s not. Soaked the onion like I was supposed to, put it in the batter… the batter came right off. Waste of my onion. now i’m stuck with kraft dinner to eat.

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jackiebhere on 11.10.2012

Made these tonight! They were delish and so easy! I’ll definitely be making these again!

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Nese on 7.15.2012

So easy! I’m glad I read the recipe carefully and saw that I needed to let the onions sit in the buttermilk for an hour. I recently went to Red Robin and they put onion strings on my burger, so I had to come home and try it myself–they were PERFECT!! Thank you for this one, Ree!

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pettcl on 9.6.2011

My family loves these! I had to double the batch last time just to make enough for everyone. The batter is so delicious and reminiscent of Jack in the Box (and that is a GOOD thing) but better! Make sure you let the oil get back to temp before dropping in the subsequent batches or you’ll end up with an unevenly cooked finished product. They still taste great though!

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illinilaw on 8.24.2011

These are melt in your mouth delicious. Better than my favorite restaraunt version, which is saying a lot. It is very easy to overcrowd the pan and end up with a gloppy mess though!

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