Crunch Onion Rings

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Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Peanut oil, for frying
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 large egg
1 sleeve soda crackers, crushed (recommended: Saltine)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black chipotle chili pepper
2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices and separated into rings

Chipotle Cream Dipping Sauce:

1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce from can
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt





In a deep-fryer or Dutch oven, heat 4 inches of peanut oil to 360 degrees F.

In a shallow dish, whisk together the buttermilk and egg until combined.

In a separate shallow dish, combine the crushed crackers, flour, salt, and chili pepper.

Dredge the onion slices into the buttermilk mixture, then in the cracker mixture. Fry, in batches, if necessary, for 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Remove from the oil, and drain on paper towels. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately with dipping sauce, if desired.

Chipotle Cream Dipping Sauce:

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients; cover and refrigerate until using.

Yield: 1 1/4 cup

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I haven't tried the onion ring recipe yet, but I will. I love her recipes and her show.

By Patricia Permenter on August 12, 2013


I love your recipes! I have noticed you are not on the TV as much right now. And I have missed you and am not quite sure why your not on as much. I am diabetic too. And have enjoyed making over some of your dishes. I have loved watching you and hope to see more of you again in the future. Best Wishes and Gods blessing to you. I have been working on my weight and health stats as I also had breast cancer and have been working to bring my health back in line. I just wanted Paula to know that she has a great following of fans. Sincerely, Kathy M.

By Kathy Musacchio on May 30, 2012


I wanted to make these today., but my husband got sour cream insted of buttermilk. May I substitute?

By Lou on November 03, 2011


I saw theses on your show and it looks so good and super easy to make thanks!

By leslie on July 26, 2011


Thanks for all the wonderful, easy to-do recipes:)....They are a big hit with the family!!

By Donna Contreras on June 12, 2011


I made these and they were yummy and super easy to make!

By alwaysbeingme04 on May 16, 2011


GREAT!!! Family loved them. Love ya Paula.

By laureltree61 on February 14, 2010


These onion rings were wonderful! Made them tonight for first time and I assure you that I will use this recipe many times and share it with my friends. Thanks Paula you have done it again!

By Anonymous on February 10, 2010



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