You won’t be able to get enough of these crunchy, sinful onion rings! This fabulous appetizer is made with bacon bits mixed right into the batter and paired with easy, homemade bacon ranch dip.
I promise that you will make his day this Father’s Day if you will whip him up a batch of these onion rings! It doesn’t matter if it’s your dad, your husband or your son, it’s sinfully delicious and everyone will love them.
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.
But, it’s not just the onion rings that shine in this dish, it’s the dipping sauce, and as a couple, they are perfect together! This cool bacon ranch sauce is as simple and fast as it gets. You will make it over and over again, trust me.
Bacon Onion Rings with Bacon Ranch Dipping Sauce
- 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
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Bacon Ranch Dipping Sauce:
- 1/3 cup low fat buttermilk
- 1/4 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
- Preheat oil in a pot, over medium heat.
- Peel and slice whole onion to create rings. Peel off the little, clear membrane that is in between the onion rings.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk milk, bacon drippings, flour, baking powder, paprika and salt together until smooth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Melissa Lynn Vivino says
They look great, and making me hungry, what temp should the oil be at?
Your oil should be at 350 degrees. I hope you enjoy them!
They look delicious.
Could you use buttermilk in the batter instead of whole milk to keep from having to buy both?
Hi Jack, that will work it might make the batter slightly fluffer but not enough to really notice.
Could you cook these in an air fryer? How would you adapt the recipe?
I’m sorry but I do not have an air fryer so I haven’t tried it.
You don’t mention cooking the bacon for the dipping sauce. I assume that you are supposed to cook it first. Sounds delicious and will try very soon. We love bacon and we love onion rings!
Oh gosh, thank you for letting me know, Julie! Yes, it’s supposed to be cooked. I hope you like it 🙂
This was delicious but I advise people to double the amount of bacon. While it’s really tasty you don’t get enough of a bacon flavour.
Thank you, Deborah!