Monday, May 31, 2010

To Die For Onion Rings with Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Happy Memorial Day. I really meant to post these onion rings before today, so you could actually make them today, but alas. They will taste just as good tomorrow, and the next day, and for the rest of your life. We had company all weekend and we were just too busy cooking, eating, hiking, swimming, and laughing. My brother Roy and his wife were here with their family of five children, plus Roy's Korean mother in law. Her name is Mamasan-I think-or else it is Harmony, or Omanay. I just call her whatever everyone is calling her, so I might be calling her mother, or grandma, or hey little old lady. She never seemed to mind. Or maybe she did, but since she speaks only Korean, I'll never know. It turns out that she loves onion rings. (Roasted tomato salsa, not so much.) But who doesn't love onion rings? And this recipe, as it turns out, is absolutely irresistible. So if your name is Marigold or Marvin or Mamasan, give them a try. And have a happy Memorial Day.
Onion Rings
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for 8-10 servings
2 large onions, thinly sliced into rings
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon paprika
vegetable oil, for frying
Soak onions in buttermilk with salt and pepper for at least a half an hour. Preheat oil to 350 degrees in large pot over medium heat. (Oil should be at least 2 inches deep.)In a pie plate, mix flour, cornmeal, and paprika. Add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. A few at a time, remove onions from buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture. Fry onion rings until golden brown. Remove to paper towel lined plate. Keep warm in oven at 250 degrees till serving. Serve with cherry barbecue sauce (scroll down for recipe) or with your favorite barbecue sauce.
Next Up:
White Chocolate Brownies are my assignment for Tuesdays with Dorie, but they don't sound too great to me. Anybody want to convince me otherwise?


Southerner said...

You are too funny! My neighbor across the street is Chinese and I couldn't understand their names when I introduced myself. I got smart and thought I would look on the public tax records so I could address her b/c she always calls me by name. Oh my goodness! Looking at it written down didn't help one bit! She brings me these Chinese cucumbers that she grows each year. They get about 14 inches long. She calls them something else but they taste like cucumbers so I guess that is what they are.
My best friend growing up was a pastor's kid. They had some Chinese missionaries to their home for lunch after services once. Her mom, being southern, kept offering them more food. They ate and ate so she kept offering more. Finally, her husband took her aside and told her that it was rude in their culture for them to refuse food and that she was going to kill the poor people. So, don't kill Korean grandmaw, she may be of the same culture.

Prudy said...

Hilarious! Oh, the language and cultural faux pas! I'll be careful what I offer my poor Korean visitor!

Catherine said...

I can't wait to try these with that delicious bbq sauce. I'm with you, white chocolate brownies don't sound too goo to me either. Hope you had a nice holiday.

The JR said...

They look good. Being half Japanese doesn't help me one bit with trying to pronounce names either.

MK and Co. said...

The onions rings look delicious! They are on my list of things to make very soon. I made your ribs yesterday for Memorial Day and they tasted sooo good. I loved them. The bbq sauce was sweet, spicy, and good enough to drink. Thanks for posting such great recipes!

Michal said...

There is never a dull moment around your house, and rarely one without visitors. These look divine, not that I'm surprised.

White chocolate brownies? I'll admit that white chocolate is among the easiest sweets for me to pass up. Now double or triple dark chocolate brownies? An entirely different story.

Not sure what your recipe looks like, if they are more like blondies, but if so, maybe you can add some coconut, dried cherries or cranberries, orange zest and oatmeal and come up with some bars that taste good with a little white chocolate? Just thinking about what might tempt me.

Fantastic Mr. R said...

We'll have to tinker around when you come for a visit. Your variations sound tempting. The recipe I was working with is very similar to a chocolate brownie, only with melted white chocolate. A lot of reviewers said it either tasted like cake or just a blondie.

Cat said...

Haha! Very funny! I love this recipe. I've never heard of Cherry Barbecue Sauce but it looks delicious, and I can't wait to make it. I'm a long time reader of your fabulous blog, but first time follower as I've only just opened a blogger account and set up a blog ( I just hope mine is as great as yours! :)

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Oh my golly...those look beyond amazing!

taffi said...

heh, Halmoni (sounds like harmony though) is heard at our family gatherings, too. It is indeed Korean for grandmother. One of the very few Korean words I can say. LOL

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, Prudy! You make me laugh out loud! I bet you had tons of laughs with Roy and his fam. That boy has CHA-RIS-MA! haha :)

Unknown said...

Dang it! I'm always posting under other family members names. It's me, Tanji :)

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