Spicy Red Onion Rings

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Mom is in town.

And when mom’s in town, things are always a little different. No more walking around in your underwear. No more hour long showers. No more HGTV marathons. BUT a lot more hugs, compliments, and LOVE. Lots of love. When mom’s in town, everything is going to be okay. Life is really comfortable. And the dishes magically get done. 
 
Mom deserves a thank you card, a medal of honor, and a celebration in her name. I don’t know all that she has done for me and I never will. BUT I can make her these amazing onion rings. And that’s a pretty good start.

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These onion rings veer right when they are supposed to turn left. They are comprised of RED onions—yellow onion’s less intense, yet spicier cousin. 
 
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They take a nice long bath in buttermilk. (Are milk baths for humans a thing? Is it weird to be jealous of onions?)
 
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And then they are dredged in a spicy flour mixture. The heavy hitters in the mix are cumin and chili powder and LOTS of them. Flavor bombs galore.
 
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All this spice. All this excitement. We need a smooth operator to slide into this game. Hello dill honey mustard! The sweetness & herbaceous-ness of this dipping sauce compliments these spicy guys perfectly. YES.

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Here’s the real truth: my main man doesn’t even like onion rings, but he loved these. That’s how mega-flavorful, super-delicious they are. So, get together with your mom, make some onion rings, and enjoy them with an ice cold beer. They’re worth it. You’re worth it. And mom is most DEFINITELY worth it.  
Spicy Red Onion Rings
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large red onion, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  2. 3 cups buttermilk
  3. Vegetable oil or Canola oil (for deep frying)
  4. 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  5. 1/4 cup cornmeal
  6. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  7. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon ground pepper
Dill Honey Mustard
  1. 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  2. 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  3. 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. 2 tablespoons dill, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine onion rings and buttermilk in a large bowl. Let soak for at least 1 hour, tossing occasionally.
  2. Pour oil into dutch oven, heavy bottomed pot, or large saucepan to depth of 1 1/2 inches. Measuring with a candy thermometer, heat to 375°F.
  3. Mix flour, cornmeal, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in cake pan. Drain onion rings. Working in batches, add a few onion rings to flour mixture. Turn each onion ring to coat evenly with the flour mixture. Add to oil and fry until golden brown, about 45 seconds. Remove the onion rings with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
Dill Honey Mustard
  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine. Serve with onion rings.
Adapted from Bon Appetit January 1994
Adapted from Bon Appetit January 1994
Mogi Kitchen http://mogikitchen.com/

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