Uncle Jesse’s Onion Rings

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
  • Buttermilk
  • Flour
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oil to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, mix buttermilk with salt and pepper.
  3. In another large bowl, mix flour with salt and pepper.
  4. Dip onions in buttermilk to completely coat.20181227_102138
  5. Dredge in flour to cover.20181227_102205
  6. Dip onions in buttermilk again.
  7. Dredge once again in flour.
  8. Drop onions in heated oil.20181227_102415
  9. Wait for the onions to start to brown and flip so that they cook evenly.
  10. Drain onion rings thoroughly and serve with ketchup or your favorite condiment.20181227_102553

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