I am a sucker for pretty much all things fried. I mean, I even like tomatoes when they’re fried. On any given bar snacks menu, though, it’s the onion rings that will call to me. (Unless there are fried pickles, but that’s another story.) One of the most fantastic aspects of Alabama was the general readiness of restaurants to offer half fries and half onion rings with a hamburger—why don’t all restaurants everywhere do this? I could eat nasty fried onions out of a can all day.  I even love chain-restaurant monstrosities like the Bloomin’ Onion and the Awesome Blossom, which apparently Chili’s has discontinued due to popular outcry over how appallingly awful it is for you.

I’m sorry to have brought up health, though, because this post is to tell you that you can make amazing fried onions yourself and that you should do so immediately.

My new best friends, before they went in my belly. Which I suppose is not a nice thing to do to your friends.

Onion strings
From The Pioneer Woman

1 large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 quart canola oil
black pepper to taste

Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour. [I soaked for only about 20 minutes, and these came out great.]

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 drop into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. [Don’t put in too many onions at once—you want the oil to stay hot. Also, after cooking one batch, make sure the oil comes back up to temperature before adding more.]

Repeat until onions are gone.