February 7, 2011

Cornmeal Fried Onion Rings

Probably not the best thing to eat when you're fighting a cold, but I had them planned for my Super Bowl get together! I also planned on making Chili and Guacamole, but I only got as far as the onion rings. Oh well! How did everybody else's Super Bowl parties go? What yummy foods did you all make?

These were so delicious and crunchy. I love what the cornmeal does in this recipe! The original recipe is actually from Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa. I've just veganized it! They went over really well at my Super Bowl get together (I'm hesitating to call it a party, since there was only a few people over!). So make sure to make enough for everybody, because people went back for seconds on these!

  • 3 yellow onions
  • 2 cups vegan buttermilk (just mix 2 cups of milk with 2 tbsp lemon juice and set aside for 5 minutes)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup medium cornmeal
  • 1 qt vegetable oil

Peel the onions, slice them 1/2 inch thick and separate them into rings.

Combine the vegan buttermilk mixture, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper in a medium sized bowl. Add the onion rings, toss well, and allow them to marinate for at least 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Set aside

Heat the oil to 350F in a large pot. Working in batches, lift some of the onions out of the buttermilk and coat them in the flour/corn mixture. Drop them in the oil and fry for about 2 minutes, until golden brown, turning them once with tongs. Don't crowd them!

Place the finished onion rings on a paper towel to drain and sprinkle them with salt.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!


  1. Those look good!! For the big game I made chili, queso with chips, onion dip & chips and sweet potato fries and bread. All vegan!! Even my meat & dairy eaters enjoyed all of it!!

  2. Yum! Sweet Potato Fries sound good! I was going to make Chili too. Can't wait for cold to be gone!

  3. I have to comment on this because it is too funny... I also had grand plans for a vegan Superbowl meal, but ended up with just onion rings too! I made butternut squash soup, but made it too watery and put in WAY too much cinnamon. And I planned to make tempeh hot wings, but ran out of bread crumbs while making the onion rings! My hubby and I ate a big serving of oven-baked onion rings each. It was still yummy :) This recipe sounds great, will definitely try it, and your blog looks great!

  4. That's so funny! Sorry to hear you had problems too. Thanks for visiting! Welcome!

  5. i tried these and they cooked really fast and the crispyness to them wasnt there they were kinda just like a film around them that was the flour mixture im not sure what i did wrong