Bacon Onion Rings with Bacon Ranch Dipping Sauce


These onion rings are out-of-this-world. Crunchy, fluffy onion rings, full of flavor. They are made with freshly baked, minced crispy bacon bits mixed right into the batter. Everything you see here is very simple to make and requires little effort. Batter has only a few simple ingredients but holds a lot of deliciousness in it. The only thing that will take time here is cooking the onion rings, and that's only if you don't have a fryer. I do recommend medium heat setting on your stove so that the onion inside has more time to cook.

INGREDIENTS
Onion Rings:
  • (3-4 cups vegetable oil in a medium pot)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion (try to pick one that is long, not wide)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp bacon drippings
  • 3 crispy cooked bacon strips, finely minced
  • 1 heaping cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Salt

Bacon Ranch Dipping Sauce:
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp bacon drippings
  • 2 crispy cooked bacon strips, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill weed
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oil in a pot, over medium heat.
  2. Peel and slice whole onion to create rings. Peel off the little, clear membrane that is in between the onion rings.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk milk, bacon drippings, flour, baking powder, paprika and salt together until smooth.
  4. Crumble crispy bacon strips and then mince them as finely as possible with a knife. Add minced bacon bits into the batter and mix until evenly incorporated.
  5. Dip a few onion rings into the batter, covering it completely, and gently add them to the heated oil, once at a time. Cook onion rings in batches until deep golden. You will want to cook over medium heat that way batter doesn't get dark too fast, leaving you with a raw onion inside. Cooking it on medium heat for a longer period of time will cook the onion inside.
  6. For dipping sauce: whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl, until all incorporated. Make sure to use the same method for mincing bacon as you did for onion rings.
NOTES
Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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