Saturday, June 22, 2019, is National Onion Rings Day. America has a slight obsession with all things fried, but how can you blame us when it tastes so doggone good? Fryers create some of the best bar food in Des Moines. Our Famous Onion Rings are a perfect example of that.
At Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, we’ve created a side dish so incredible in our onion rings that they’ve earned a spot on the appetizer menu too! Some even say our giant onion rings are practically a meal by themselves!
The Boots’ Famous Onion Rings
First, we start with great big, fresh, crispy yellow onions. These are cut into thick rings, then bathed in buttermilk. After that, we hand-bread them in our specially seasoned flour. The final step is placing them in the fryer until they are a perfect golden brown.
A side of chipotle ranch finishes the preparation, and your server brings them out to you hot, crisp, and irresistible! The only bad thing about our onion rings is the few moments you have to wait for them to cool off enough to bite into!
How Do You Dip?
Your favorite family restaurant in Des Moines prefers to serve our delicious onion rings with a side of chipotle ranch, but they are also incredible dipped in ketchup or our house-made BBQ sauce. During our research, we found a few other sauces that people enjoy dipping their onion rings into. One older cookbook calls for a sauce made of melted butter and mustard. Here are a few other variations we came across. How do they sound to you? (Personally, we’d stick with the chipotle ranch!)
- Tangy ketchup
- Sour Cream
- Cheese Dip
Onion Ring History
As with many popular foods, the official origin of the onion ring is unclear. Many different stories lay claim to creating this brilliant food. Here are a few of those stories.
- A Crisco advertisement in 1933 showed up in the New York Times featuring a recipe for deep-fried onion rings. It called for rings of onions to be dipped in milk and then dredged in flour. (That sounds about right to us!)
- Kirby’s Pig Stand, a restaurant chain founded in Oak Cliff, Texas with over 100 locations across the U.S.A in the 1940s, claims to have created the onion ring in the early 1920s. They also state that Texas Toast was all their idea too.
- Even before that, the Middleton New York Daily Times published a recipe for French Fried Onions in 1910. They don’t claim that this is the original onion ring, but it is dated earlier than the other claims and it sounds pretty familiar.
- One more recipe discovered in John Mollard’s cookbook “The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined” in 1802 was titled “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese.” Calling for rings of onions dipped in a batter of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese all deep fried in “boiling” lard, this is definitely a predecessor to the onion ring we know and love today.
Whether you choose to order our Famous Onion Rings as an upgraded side dish alongside the best BBQ in the Des Moines area or on a great big plate as an appetizer to enjoy with an ice-cold beer, you know you’re going to get the best onion ring in Iowa served to you every time. Come in to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive soon and give them a try. We’ve gotta warn you though, it’s hard to eat just one!