One of my very favorite bloggers, Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen chose Ellie Kreiger's Oven Bake Onion Rings as this week's choice for our group to try.
Now the yankee hates onions. I'm not even sure the word hate is strong enough. He will occasionally tolerate cooked ones. So I knew if I made these it would be up to me to eat the entire batch. I did feel I was up to the challenge that night.
Stopped by the store and got what I thought were all the ingredients I needed, only to get home and realize I forgot the buttermilk. So I improvised and used whipping cream with a little sour cream added to it. Other than that, I followed Ellie's recipe. I used Baked Lays potato chips. The milk mixture was probably not quite as sticky as the buttermilk would have been, but it seemed to work overall pretty well.
Meanwhile, I had Chandler out back grilling us some hamburgers to go with. While the onion rings were baking I went outside and had a Bud Light with Lime along beside him. We usually like darker beer, but we have both really enjoyed the lime flavored bud light this summer.
To be nice, he said he would try "one" onion ring for me, emphasis on one. I was raving over them and after he ate the one, he decided he would like some more. We thought they were fabulous. So crunchy and tasty. I used vidalia onions so they were not strong tasting. Loved the spiceness the cayenne pepper added to them. We ate the entire batch between the two of us. Yes, okay, we are such gluttons. I admit it.
I would never have tried these on my own and I am so glad Mary Ann picked them. Thanks for a great pick and all of you out there have to try these sometime. Click on Mary Ann's blog to get the recipe. Trust me when I say, they taste a lot better than they look in this photo!