Fluffy & Fried: Potato Rings with Ranch Dipping Sauce

These crispy little Os combine the best qualities of mashed potatoes, french fries, onion rings, and homemade potato chips. In other words, all the good things you can't share with your cardiologist. We've found our weekend project! The recipe comes from the creative and beautifully photographed (and new to us) blog spoonforkbacon. It involves a bit of work, yes, but you get fried potato rings out of it.

Essentially you make mashed potatoes—with caramelized onions in them, yum—then spread them out and refrigerate until they're firm enough to cut into doughnut shapes. Once they're cut and coated in the batter, you freeze them. The rings are frozen solid when you drop them into the hot oil, which helps them keep their shape.

Get the recipe: Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch, at spoonforkbacon.

The ranch dipping sauce looks like a great recipe to have on its own for chips, vegetables, burgers... all kinds of goodies.

Related: 10 Ways to Eat a Potato (and Just a Potato) for Dinner

(Image: Teri Lyn Fisher, used with permission)

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