Growing Up . . .
Onion rings were a side to go with a hamburger
like French fries
(no Suzie Q's, no tater tots --
your choices were fries or rings)
Except French fries were 10 or 15 cents per order
while onion rings were like 25 cents!
Mom would make them at home, sometimes
It's certainly cheap enough for a couple of onions,
some milk, some flour
And it would feed the family
And homemade was definitely cheaper than those sold at drive-ins
And my brother and I liked them
Now I live in Southeast Kansas
Southeast Kansas is home to onion rings
Not as a side but as an appetizer
Most Mom and Pop restaurants
(read not chains)
Hot and good and most serve a fry basket full
(or you can get a small amount -- but not that much smaller)
at some restaurants
And those appetizers
They're not like
The onion ring tower that's served at some chains
Served with "sauces" on the side to dip your rings in!
Not a lot of rings and certainly not enough to feed a family . . .
The Southeast Kansas restaurants serve platters of them
And often we mistakenly order them and then find
that we're too full for our dinner!
But there are some restaurants that you just cannot go to
without ordering an onion ring appetizer!
It's just what you do!
Tonight for dinner,
we had hamburgers
And reliving our childhood,
decided to make onion rings, too
And in my "Cooking With Ina" mode, I made her cornmeal fried onion rings
They were good. I liked the addition of cornmeal. It gave them a nice crunch.
They are "fussy", however, for you marinate them in buttermilk,
dip in the flour/cornmeal mixture and fry in small batches.
I'm glad I made them, but,
I think the next time I'm in the mood for onion rings,
we'll just head south to Jim's Steak House!