When we returned home, to California, I wanted to recreate them, as best as I could, I wanted to surprise my husband with them since he loves them so much. I don't deep fry food very often-- choosing to find a way to bake "fried" foods instead. I've had success with Crunchy Oven Fried Fish and Baked Coconut Chicken. At some point, I'll tinker with making a baked onion ring recipe. This time, I decided to stick with deep frying them, just as they were in Texas.
Homesick Texan's" recipe. I've made several of Lisa's recipes and I own her first cookbook, and I read her blog. Lisa's sounded like the recipe I was looking for, so I cut two large sweet onions into thick slices...
... and let them soak into buttermilk for about fifteen minutes. Soaking them in buttermilk helps to soften the onions, and that's what I wanted.
Le Creuset Cast-Iron Braiser with 2 inches of vegetable oil (peanut is even better) and inserted a candy thermometer to monitor bringing the oil up to 350F. NOTE: You could use a cast iron skillet or sturdy pot, of course. I just find that my braiser is just the right size and height and I don't have to use a ton of oil this way. Shallow frying, baby!
These might not be the famous Texas 1015 onions that I can't find in California, but they look good just like the ones we ate in the Lone Star State.
Juicy Pub-Burger, and felt quite satisfied that not only did I learn how to chop my own hamburger meat in my food processor-- I also relished the smile on my husband's face when he saw that I had made onion rings, just for him. That is worth the effort it took to make these. Pssssssssst. By the way, I didn't find them to be all that hard to make. That will be our little secret. (Until he reads this post. )
A SPECIAL HEARTFELT THANK YOU to every single person who left a comment on my last post. I had shared, very openly, my personal feelings about not being the caliber of food blogger that I thought I should be... that I wasn't posting often enough, and that I didn't feel I could compete with the famous and financially successful food bloggers. I received numerous private emails, Facebook comments and those that are on my blog that truly touched me very deeply. The encouragement that was given to me is priceless.
People who really are reading my blog, made themselves known to me, and it both humbled and encouraged me. Thank you! I have no plans to abandon my food blog anytime soon. I'm no longer going to worry that I don't have a million followers or billions of Pinterest pins. What matters most, is that I enjoy cooking and baking, and challenging myself to try new techniques. Photographing what I make is my creative outlet, and I'm still trying to improve my work. If I can inspire a few people to try my recipe, and
they like it -- and even take the time to tell me, that's priceless. The friends that I have made, since I started blogging are precious to me. I might never meet you personally, but I feel a sense of kinship with all of you.
Enough said. I'll blog when I can, without any further feelings of guilt or lack of confidence in myself. It's all because of you!
As always, scroll to the bottom of this post to find the printable recipe.