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Red-Hot Red Onion Rings

Cayenne, red pepper flakes and hot paprika give these onion rings their fire.

Ingredients

Onions

  • 2 red onions, peeled, cut in 1/4-inch thick slices,separated into rings
  • 3/4 cup hot-chile or regular olive oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Seasoned Flour

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Onions: In bowl, toss onions with oil. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours, tossing twice. Add buttermilk. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Seasoned Flour: In bowl, mix ingredients.
  3. Heat 2 inches oil in deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F.
  4. Remove onion rings, a few at a time, from buttermilk mixture; coat with flour. Place on wax-paper–lined baking sheet.
  5. Re-dip coated onion rings, a few at a time, in buttermilk mixture, then in flour, until thickly coated.
  6. Fry in batches in hot oil (4 to 6 rings) 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  8. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Per serving: 849 calories, 12 g protein, 76 g carbohydrate, 55 g fat, 6 g fiber, 2 mg cholesterol, 1,234 mg sodium