- Makes: 8 servings
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
- Nutrition Highlights: Per serving (½ cup): 167 calories, 8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 195mg sodium, 4g protein, 2g fiber, 4mg cholesterol, 20 carbohydrates, 5g sugar
- Recipe Created By: Jodie Shield
- Recipe From: Illinois Partners
- 2 large sweet onions, cut into thin strips (about 4 cups sliced)
- 1 ½ cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Prepare onions by slicing them in half. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to slice the onions into very thin strips.
- Place onion slices into a medium-size bowl. Pour buttermilk over onions and soak for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in another medium-size bowl, combine the flour and cayenne pepper. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees in a deep fryer or large skillet.
- Grab a handful of onion slices and toss into the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.
- Plunge the coated onions into the oil and fry for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Lightly sprinkle with Parmesan-oregano mixture. Repeat with remaining onion slices.
Tips & Notes
These onion straws make a perfect topping for green bean casserole, and you can prep them in advance – just store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days in a tightly sealed container. This recipe can also be used to make onion rings.