Ranch Onion Rings
Sweet, Sweet Onions!
Ah, the wonderful onion. The onion is used in kitchens all across the globe, for breakfast, lunches and dinner. Nothing will get your mouth watering better than throwing onion into a pan to watch it turn soft, as the caramelizing process turns the vegetable a beautiful, luscious brown color and the aroma fills the kitchen.
Onions are also healthier than most people think. According to Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist at the Fitness Institute of Texas, onions are excellent sources of vitamin C and certain elements that trigger healthy reactions in the body. Studies have concluded that onions may help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, heart disease and even strokes. But at the end of the day, we just know they taste great!
The Artistry of Nature
Nature provides us with several varieties of onion to accommodate most any dish. The sweet onion gives us a touch of sweetness amidst the spicy onion flavor. Green onions are great in salads or casseroles and can give cream cheese a boost when used in meat roll up appetizers. White onions focus intently on the true flavor of an onion with a spicy-sweet flavor that brings burgers and steak to life. The red onion is artistry on a plate when introduced to the greens of lettuce, spinach or arugula, creating a salad that is not only worthy of an award in flavor, but in coloration and design as well.
Fry 'em Up!
Onion rings bring that wonderful onion flavor to the table in a fun, crunchy way. Put the rings on burgers or top off the summer BBQ steak with an onion ring to give your steak the final touch.
If you enjoy dipping your onion rings in ranch dip, this recipe is for you. The flavor of ranch bursts through the browned crust of the batter, until you bite into the juicy onion ring to get the zesty goodness of the onion. The combination of onion, ranch and batter pull together to provide summer party BBQ guests the perfect option to complete their meal. Make plenty though, as they tend to go quickly!
Ranch Onion Rings
- 1 white or yellow onion, (sliced and pulled apart into rings)
- 1 cup flour
- pinch corn starch, (makes batter stick to onion easier)
- 1 cup ranch dip or dressing
- 1 cup bread crumbs or panko, (panko gives the rings more of a crunch)
- dash pepper, *optional*
- 1/4 cup oil, (or use a deep fat fryer)
With this Ring I Thee Create
- Pour oil into frying pan. Allow the oil to heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour ranch dressing or dip into a bowl. Set aside.
- Mix flour, corn starch and bread crumbs or panko and pepper into a bowl. Set aside.
- Dip each onion ring into the ranch dressing or ranch dip until fully coated.
- Place the onion rings into the flour mixture. Toss the rings around until both sides are thoroughly coated.
- Carefully drop the rings into the oil and fry until golden brown. When frying in a pan, turn the rings over when the first side is golden brown.
- Remove the rings when done. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
Onions Done Right
Ranch onion rings are a perfect topping for hamburgers or served on the side with steak, hot dogs or as an appetizer. Serve with marinara sauce or a side of ranch if you prefer. Ranch onion rings are easy to make and can be a popular appetizer for parties or gatherings.
© 2015 Vicki Perry