Welcome to the ONION RING BLOG!
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Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
RESTAURANT: Ollie's Station
LOCATION: Route 66, Red Fork, OK
NUMBER AND SIZE OF RINGS: 8, 2-5 inches-- HUGE!
COST: As a side dish selection with many meals
Big, thick traditional onion rings. Coating appears to be crispy panko/ bread crumbs. This restaurant has an awesome menu with tons of fried specialties. Try the fried sweet potatoes, okra, green tomatoes too.
Friday, November 14, 2008
LOCATION: Tulsa, OK and all over the US
NUMBER AND SIZE OF RINGS: 6, averaging 3 inches in diameter
COST: $1.69 plus tax
I even got 7 ketchup packets, even though I only used 3.
Sonic must be pretty proud of their onion rings- they have a HUGE neon sign on their drive-ins to advertise them. In many "best of" ratings sites, people have actually voted Sonic as their favorite place for onion rings in several locales.
They are pretty darn good. From the moment they enter your car, it smells like the midway at the state fair. Aside from the most intoxicating onion ring smell around, they have a unique taste and texture. One of the few homemade type looks mixed with a mass-produced type of breadcrumb texture. And the sugar, LOTS and LOTS of sugar is put into the batter of these babies. I would be as bold to say that perhaps even high fructose corn syrup-- anyone reading who works for sonic is free to challenge this assumption. But feel free to look at the nutrition information for these babies on their website. DIABETICS BEWARE. I couldn't have more than 10 grams of sugar in any meal (the regular size has 14 grams) when I was pregnant and had gestational diabetes, and could only eat an onion ring or two!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I made the onion rings that you see pictured on the header during a severe onion ring craving a couple of weeks ago. I was so in love with them that I took a picture!
They are very simple to make and from my favorite recipe!
The recipe comes from Sara Moulton, our food network friend.
Buttermilk Onion Rings
Slice 4 large onions into 1/4-inch rings. Place in large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Place 2 cups flour in a shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge onion rings in seasoned flour. Dip again in buttermilk, then in seasoned four.
Fry in batches, in 350 degree oil for 2 to 3 minutes until golden.
Drain on paper towels. Let oil come back to temperature before frying next batch.
The store nearest our house didn't carry "real" packaged onion rings, so we would only get packaged with whole onions in them if my mom ventured out to other stores that were having sales.
Occasionally, my mom would make homemade onion rings. We would eat ourselves sick. We experimented for what seemed like years to make the perfect homemade onion ring. We even went through a "beer batter" stage, which was pretty hardcore, considering that we are LDS and don't drink! We would sit and conjecture what she would do if someone from church saw her buying beer at the store. That didn't last long, as we realized the beer-battered ones weren't quite as good as some of the other recipes.