Friday, July 22, 2011

Crispy Onion Straws

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer: please look away if you are on a on a diet, trying to watch what you’re eating, or just don’t like very delicious but not so good for you things. For those of you still reading (which I’m assuming is the majority—who doesn’t like a little indulgence every once in a while?), I’m excited to share this recipe with you. Being the foodies that we are, the hubs and I often try things in restaurants that we love but know that we can make at home. This is definitely the case for these onion straws. About a month ago, we were dining at one of our favorite Kansas City burger joints, BRGR, and ordered onion straws as a side to our burgers. And we fell in love. They were the perfect amount of salty and crispy goodness.

The next time we were making burgers at home I was determined to recreate those onion straws knowing, that it couldn’t be that hard. I remembered seeing The Pioneer Woman post her version and decided to try it out—specifically because the recipe included a touch of cayenne. And let me tell you, these were perfect.

adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 whole Large Onion
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, divided in half
1 quart (to 2 Quarts) Canola Oil
Black Pepper

Slice onion into thin half circles (almost transparent). Add buttermilk and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper in a baking dish. Add onions and soak for 30 minutes to 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 add to hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. Sprinkle cooked onions with salt and pepper. Enjoy.


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