There is a time and place for fatty, salty food.
- Peel onion and thinly slice. Keep excess small pieces aside.
- In large bowl combine buttermilk and a little salt and pepper.
- Add onion and completely immerse for anywhere between 15 minutes up to 2 hours.
- Combine 2 cup flour and 1 cup cornmeal with a teaspoon of salt in shallow bowl.
- Heat at least 2 inches of oil in deep frying pan on high heat. Working in small batches, take onion rings, dip in flour mixture and put in hot oil. Fry until golden, flipping once if necessary.
- Remove and place on paper towels. Rings can be kept warm in 200°F oven.
- Dip: In medium pan on medium heat, add chili and cream cheese, stirring until melted.
- Add 1/4 cup of chopped onion and a 1/4 cup of chopped tomato.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of raspberry jelly. Serve hot with chips.
This dip has been one of our favorites for many years. It works well for almost any party and you can keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute teen get-togethers. The onion rings are better the thinner you slice the onion. We use a mandolin and make really small shoestring ones. They are a special treat.
Game Day Onion Rings and Dip video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjaEdQ92yR8