- Canola or vegetable oil
- 2 large vidalia (sweet) onions, cut into ¼" slices
- 2 C buttermilk
- 4 t kosher salt, divided
- 2 t fresh ground black pepper, divided
- 2 C flour
In another separate shallow bowl, whisk together flour, 2 t salt, and 1 t pepper.
Drain the onions from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour mixture.
The recipe states to let them sit in the flour for about 15 minutes, all coated and delicious looking.
And now? You are ready to get your fry on.
The instructions that come with the Ninja tell you how to cook battered foods versus frozen foods. For battered foods, you start by placing the frying basket into the oil.
And using tongs and oven mitts, you individually add food to the basket, holding with tongs for 3 seconds under oil before releasing. As you can probably guess, it took me quite a few batches to get all of these onions fried up.
When I had a single layer of onions in the basket, I put the top on the fryer and let the batch of rings fry for about 2 minutes.
You can watch as your food turns golden.
And then raise the basket up and let the onion rings drain a bit.
Remove with tongs, to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
And then get going on the other batches.
Of course, there was a little smokiness in my apartment, but I have the MOST sensitive smoke detectors in the world (and once they go off, there's NO stopping them and they make you believe you are about to burn down the entire apartment complex) and they didn't make a peep throughout my frying escapades.
And then I indulged. Holy moly. I definitely indulged. Because these onion rings were freaking addicting.
There are two essential things you must serve with these onion rings. Beer and ketchup.
Well, the beer is totally necessary and I served Night Shift's Viva Habanera with the onion rings. Which I might have had as a meal. Oops.
And maybe I never told you about my ketchup obsession. I can't remember. These onion rings totally don't need ANY dipping sauces, but I take any opportunity I can to use food as a vehicle for ketchup. I actually don't even like french fries that much, but if there's ketchup, I'll eat them. If I had to choose between french fries and ketchup, I'd likely choose ketchup. With a spoon. But if it was between these onion rings and ketchup, I'd have to go the way of the onion rings.
The best thing is that, while frying used to feel like such a process (and safety hazard), the Ninja Frying System made it so easy and mess-free. That's the best thing, but also maybe the worst thing because now I want to fry all the time. Anything and everything. Did you know I once had fried kool-aid? And fried jelly beans? Just the proof I needed to know that there's nothing that cannot be fried. But also that that doesn't necessarily mean everything should be fried. Because fried kook-aid? Not necessary.
Onions are good though. Onions are always good fried.
There are a bazillion other foods you can fry in the Ninja Frying System and you can find quite a few on their website. I cannot wait to make my first batch of doughnuts in the system. Though easy doughnuts could be the most dangerous things in the world for me. Get home from work at 8:00 p.m. and feeling a craving? No problem! Mix up some dough, heat up the oil in the Ninja and you're good to go. Making easy arancini is also going to be a hazard in my life. But a welcome one.
Compounding the simplicity of using the Ninja is the fact that their website also has several videos showing you exactly how to use the system. Totally foolproof.
So, have I sold you on the fact that you absolutely need a fryer in your life?? And that the Ninja is the most fabulous option? Good.
I'm quite thrilled with my Ninja Fryer and slow cooker for the time being, but I can't help be a liiiiitle bit curious about what cooking appliance Ninja will be pulling out of their sleeve next.