My regular readers may have noticed that I have not been posting the past couple of weeks. The holidays kept me busy. While my office was closed, I got to spend a lot of time with my family in my home town.
One of the things I enjoy about going to visit home is that I get to enjoy foods that I grew up with but don’t get to eat in Baton Rouge. Some of my favorite memories are spending time at Jesse’s Drive In when I was a kid, though to be honest, I have always just thought of it as Uncle Jesse’s.
Jesse is my grandfather’s brother and opened Jesse’s Drive In in 1980. Since then, it has built a reputation for excellent burgers, chicken fried steaks, and patty melts. However, there is one thing that has always stood out: the onion rings.
I am not really a fan of onion rings, but I will eat a whole order of these by myself. My Uncle Jesse showed me how to make his famous onion rings so that I could share them with my readers.
If you find yourself within driving distance of Mineral Wells, TX; I have to suggest making the trip to find out for yourself why so many people make this their regular lunch spot. Be sure to stop in at: Jesse’s Drive In 1403 South Oak Mineral Wells, TX 76067.
- Onions, sliced into rings about 3/4″ thick
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Preheat oil to 350° F.
- In large bowl, mix buttermilk with salt and pepper.
- In another large bowl, mix flour with salt and pepper.
- Dip onions in buttermilk to completely coat.
- Dredge in flour to cover.
- Dip onions in buttermilk again.
- Dredge once again in flour.
- Drop onions in heated oil.
- Wait for the onions to start to brown and flip so that they cook evenly.
- Drain onion rings thoroughly and serve with ketchup or your favorite condiment.