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
Recipe instruction visual controls:
- 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.