For those of you who read Cheat Codes – Peeling Pearl Onions, you know that we at CPM love tiny onions. But sometimes tiny onions are a little bigger than others. But not really big enough to be “big” onions. I often wondered – what if I made these almost tiny onions into tiny onion rings and used them as garnish on things like soup or salad. You know – like bite-sized onion rings you could just pop in your mouth. The result was everything I wanted it to be. I’m lucky to have even taken pictures of these few rings before they were gobbled up. I’m using Amelia’s Homemade Onion Ring Recipe, which I copy below. Super good recipe! Most of the photos are of the tiny onion rings, except for the frying part, which I didn’t have time to photograph.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbs sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
Oil for frying
Cut an onion into rings, about 1/4 inch wide. Use only the medium or large rings, save the rest for a different use.
Place onions in a bowl. Cover onions with buttermilk. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rest on the counter for 2 hours. Stop and toss them once or twice during the wait time, recoating them with buttermilk.
Heat 1 inch of frying oil to about 375°.
Mix flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Dredge each ring into the flour mixture, flipping to coat each side twice. I batter the whole onion ahead of time and set them on a plate.
Fry a few rings at a time, careful not to crowd the pan. Cook around 30 seconds per side, flipping once, until golden brown.
They were so good, I even had to make some Butternut Squash Soup to go with the garnish.