If french fries and onion rings ever got together and had a love child, I think it would be something like this…a light and crispy on the outside + creamy and luscious on the inside potato ring! Two things I can’t stress enough is: 1) the importance of having the potatoes completely coated; no holes please, or the mashed potatoes will pour out of the holes once they hit the oil and you’ll be left with nothing but a mess. 2) the importance of the rings being frozen solid before entering the oil…it just helps with the frying, that’s all.
We made a simple and delicious buttermilk ranch dipping sauce bc let’s face it, ranch is pretty much good with anything, amirite? It only seemed natural to pair these savory, fried treats with a quick and easy homemade ranch sauce. Enjoy!
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Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce
- 3 large russet potatoes, cleaned peeled and chopped into large pieces
- ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick), softened
- ½ cup caramelized yellow onions, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
- ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup rice flour
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 quarts vegetable oil
buttermilk ranch sauce
- ½ cup light mayonnaise
- ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon dill, minced
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with water.
- Bring to a boil on medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, 20-25 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes into a colander and pour back into the pot.
- Pour the cream and butter over the potatoes and mash with a potato masher until smooth (Add more cream 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed).
- Fold in the caramelized onions and chives until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and stir.
- Spread the mixture onto a sheet pan, about ½ inch thick and place in the refrigerator until the mixture has cooled down and hardened, 4-6 hours.
- While the potato mixture cools place both flours, garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika into a shallow dish and stir together until fully combined. Set aside.
- When the potato mixture has cooled, remove from the refrigerator and using 1-1 ½ inch circle cutters, cut out as many circles as possible (usually makes about 32-40).
- Using a ½ inch circle cutter, cut out a ½ inch circle from every 1-1½ circle, creating a small donut shape.
- Dip the potato rings into the flour mixture followed by the egg mixture and finally again in the flour mixture (make sure the rings are completely coated).
- Place the coated rings onto a clean sheet pan, lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer and allow the rings to freeze completely, 4-6 hours.
- Once the potato rings are frozen, preheat the oil, in a large pot, to 375°F.
- While the oil heats up, place the ingredients for the dipping sauce into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper.
- When the oil is hot, carefully drop a few of the rings into the oil and fry for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown.
- Drain onto a large plate lined with paper towels and season with salt with pepper.
- Repeat with the remaining potato rings and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.
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I had issues with the potatoes staying stuck together for the breading process. I ended up freezing them before breading them and they stayed stuck together well. Then back in the freezer for a bit before frying them.
Is there a way for these to be baked or pan fried?
Oh wow how cute are these little rings! I’m not sure mine would turn out looking that good though :-)
these look a lot more interesting than the standard french fry or even onion ring, thank you for the recipe!
What an interesting recipe! love the final crunchy result!
i can’t believe I haven’t tried this before! Thanks!
Loved the way you started this post. Thanks a lot for this recipe of the “baby” of french fries and onion rings. :D. I love potato recipes a lot.
Oooh! These look so good!
I wonder, would it be possible to pipe them into rings instead?
OHHHH wow, just found your bog through an image on Pintrest… Yummy, perfect for a cold South African Afternoon Snack, while watching the Rugby. Thank you
The creation of the Universe… All in one single ring of mashed spuddy greatness. This single food, all on its own, created the world as we know it today. If Pamela Anderson and Brad Pitt had a baby, and the baby some how came out as a food, This beauty would be that child. Look at it. Mashed potatos in all their splender and Beautifulness. Just….. ORGASM.
Do you have a special way to caramelize the onions????????????
I like to thinly slice them and cook them in a skillet over low heat with some butter, salt and a dash of sugar. I usually cook them for about 40 minutes..low and slow!
Haha! Love the baby-comment. These look great. I should try them sooner or later.
Could you also bake these? I really hate to deep-fry, if I don’t have to. I always put fries, and onion rings, in the oven.
Love this and will serve the rings at my next bbq
these look so cute! i wanna try it out! delish!
Great recipe…I’ll surely try it! Thanks for sharing!
Carmelized onions, a type of onion or cook them till carmelized then add to the potato mature?
Just a thought, rather than spread it out on a cookie sheet, freeze it, and then cut the rings out, what if you mashed the potatoes, put them into a piping bag, and piped the rings out on parchment or wax paper, and then froze them before frying? I would think you could get more rings out of one batch.
Really great idea!
Where did you get a 1/2 inch circle cutter? I’m having trouble finding any that small.
I actually used a small piping tip!
What is in the egg mixture – besides the eggs? If it is in the recipe I missed it – twice! LOL
Oh my gosh!!! now I know what I am going to try.. Thx… great pics too
Can’t wait to try these out on my crafty gal pals ok I will give some to my hubby also. Thanks for a great yummy idea.
A great idea for leftover mashed potatoes and then make them as patties the next day and freeze for later. Several variations come to mind for this… Love this idea :)
Do you know if red potatoes work as well or not. We get the big costco bag of reds for all our tater dishes.