Thursday, July 23, 2009

CEiMB- Oven Baked Onion Rings

I like onion rings. Well, more than like.

I have never attempted to make them at home- I don't fry things very often. I save them for an indulgence when we go out, sometimes.
I chose this week's CEiMB recipe- Oven Baked Onion Rings.

I have been interested in making onion rings, so, I thought this was the perfect chance to try them out.

I didn't change the recipe at all. I made it exactly as it was printed. Sara, on the other hand, has made this recipe multiple times and has worked out a version that she prefers, which adds a few more spices to the coating.

I made these on the 4th of July, for our meal that we enjoyed before we went to the National Mall to get ready for the festivities.

I should have tripled the recipe. These were marvelous. All the kids LOVED them. And so did the adults.
My 7 year old said, "These are better than the Varsity." Coming from a kid, who was comparing my baked rings to the greasiest ones on the planet, I thought that was a pretty impressive compliment.

My kids have begged for them again and they will be making their way into my cooking rotation. What's not to love about a onion ring that tastes great and isn't bad for you?

Hopefully everyone else loved them as much as we did. To see what the rest of the Ellie's thought, go check out the CEiMB Blogroll!

I also made a couple of the recipe I have missed in the past 2 months.
I made the Aromatic Noodles with Lime Peanut Sauce and they were good-warm or cold.
I also made the Vegetable Cheese Strata when I was in DC. We enjoyed it before we set out to hike the Billy Goat Trail.

(Don't you just love the beautiful dishes my sister brought back from Portugal? It is kinda obvious I love them.)

Oven Baked Onion Rings by Ellie Krieger

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups baked potato chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet slightly with oil and set aside. Place potato chips in the bowl of a food processor and process into crumbs, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a shallow bowl, add cayenne, and set aside. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper and set aside. Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings, keeping only large, whole rings (reserve rest of onions for other uses). You should come out with about 12 to 14 rings.

Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, then add onions, and shake to coat. Dip onions 1 at a time into the buttermilk mixture, then dip into potato chip crumbs and place on baking sheet. Spray canola oil evenly over rings and bake for 20 minutes, or until coating is crisp. Season with salt, to taste, and serve immediately.

Recipe for Vegetable Cheese Strata

Recipe for Aromatic Noodles with Lime Peanut Sauce


Marthe said...

What a great pick, I absolutely loved these!! The plates from Portugal are wonderful!

Maria Salomon said...

I LOOOOVE your plates from Portugal! Beautiful.
Great pick, these are wonderful and I would have never made them if it weren't for the CEiMB bloggers!
They are a hit here as well.....=))

Marie Rayner said...

Everything looks great as always Mary Ann!

Mary said...

they look amazing..I can't wait to try this recipe..I have plate envy!

Aggie said...

I'm so happy you picked this recipe MA! I love onion rings, but like you said, I don't fry at home, plus I always feel gross afterwards! The panko worked great, but yours with the chips look awesome! I bet you could get creative and use Sour Cream & Onion Baked Lays...mmmmm.

Pamela said...

Whew! Sounds like you've been busy aside from your move. :o) The onion rings were fantastic, Mare! Like you, I only get them once in a very rare while when we go out. But now that I have this recipe, I will be making them quite often. They are fabulous. Oh, those dishes are SO PRETTY!

Jessica said...

This was such a great pick this week, thank you! I never like to fry anything at home, so it was really nice to try these onion rings.
I love Great Falls and head over there whenever I get a chance. It sounds like your time in DC was super fun.

Peggy said...

I do love your dishes!! Beautiful onion rings too. It was a great pick. I never would have tried them otherwise. Loved how crunchy they were.

Creative Classroom Core said...

Another great recipe!
Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Oh dear. I'm sorry you posted that onion ring recipe. Now I'm going to have to try it!

Bella Baker said...

Your onion rings look great!! thanks for picking this week's CEiMB recipe!!

nick said...

There are NEVER enough of these to go around. I can't remember ever throwing a single one away. Great pick and I'm glad you liked them as much as we do!

Amy I. said...

Thanks for choosing such a great recipe this week! Looks like it was a success for most everyone. Yours look delicious :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great pick! I wouldn't have tried these on my own, but they were pretty good. Glad they were a success for you 4th of July meal :)

Pam said...

Great pick - thanks! We loved them here, too!

Anne Lossing said...

I'll add my voice to the general enthusiasm for this dish. I had company for lunch and ... well ... we finished them off. Excellent pick. I will be making them again soon ... probably with some variations.

Maria said...

Love that you oven baked them! Lots healthier!

Kerstin said...

Onion rings are my favorite fried food, but we only get them out too when we really feel like indulging :) I love this baked version!

Anonymous said...

the onion rings look great! It was a wonderful choice.

Sophie said...

Kid friendly and baked? Very impressive. :)

Harish said...

Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

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