Here is a twist on the ever popular onion rings. This recipes eliminates the need for hot fatty deep fry oil and lets you still get that great crunch that everyone loves, while being a bit more friendly to your waistline. This recipe also includes the ingredients to make a great dipping sauce to accompany the onion rings. Make sure to check back for more great recipes to pair with your favorite dishes.
Oven Fried Onion Rings
Makes: About four to six servings
Total Time: One hour and ten minutes
What You’ll Need:
For Onion Rings:
Half a cup of all purpose flour
One room temp large egg
Half a cup of room temp buttermilk
Quarter tsp of cayenne pepper
Half tsp of salt
Quarter tsp of black pepper
About thirty saltine crackers
Four cups of some kettle cooked potato chips
Two large yellow onions
Six Tbsp of vegetable oil
For Dipping Sauce:
Half a cup of mayo
Two tsp of ketchup
Two Tbsp of horseradish
Quarter tsp of paprika
Quarter tsp of salt
One eighth tsp of garlic powder
One eighth tsp of dried oregano
One eighth tsp of ground black pepper
One eighth tsp of cayenne pepper
First you will want to move your oven racks to the lower middle and upper middle spots. Then pre heat your oven to 450 degrees F. Now put a quarter cup of flour in a shallow baking dish. Next, beat the egg and buttermilk together in a separate bowl. Then whisk the remaining quarter cup of flour, the salt and pepper, and cayenne into the buttermilk mixture. Grab a food processor and pulse the saltines and potato chips until they are finely ground, and place your crumb mixture into a second shallow baking dish.
Doing one at a time, flop each onion ring around in the flour and shake off any excess. Next dip the rings into your buttermilk mixture and allow any excess to drip back in the bowl. Now drop it in the crumb coating, making sure to turn the rings to coat evenly. Place the coated rings on a large plate or tray.
Next, pour three Tbsp of oil onto each of the rimmed baking sheets. Put your baking sheets in the oven and heat them until they are just smoking. This should take about eight minutes. Then carefully tilt the heated sheets to coat them evenly with the oil. Now arrange your onion rings on the sheets and bake. Make sure to flip the onion rings and switching and rotating position of baking sheets halfway through baking, until they are golden brown on both sides. This normally takes about fifteen minutes. After they are done I suggest laying the onion rings on paper towel-lined plate to get rid of any excess oil. To make your dip just mix together everything and refrigerate it. Serve them and enjoy!
*Note* Your onion rings can be breaded in ahead of time and refrigerated for up to an hour if you’d rather. Just make sure to let them sit at room temperature for about thirty minutes before you bake them. If you were to bake them while they were still chilled from the refrigerator, then your onions would not cook enough for them to soften and would still be crunchy.