Onion Strings

  • 2 large sweet onions, such as vidalia
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • oil, for frying
-Using a mandolin (or a very sharp knife), slice the onions about 1/8" thick.  Separate into
 rings.
-Arrange the onions in a shallow dish in an even layer.  Pour the buttermilk over the onions, 
 pressing down the onions so they are submerged.
-Whisk the flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a large bowl until combined.
-Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.  When the oil is up to temperature, submerge a 
 frying basket into the oil.
-STEP 1:  Grab a large handful of the onions, allow the buttermilk to drip off and then toss the 
 onions in the flour mixture until they are completely coated.  Place the dredged onions into a 
 fine-mesh strainer and lightly jiggle so the excess flour falls off.
-STEP 2:  Gently drop the onion strings in the oil (into the basket).  When the onion strings are 
 lightly browned (about 2 minutes), remove the basket and place the onion strings onto a 
 paper towel to drain the excess oil.
-Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining onion slices.