The other day I had taste for onion rings, but generally speaking, they are battered and fried. I came across this recipe from the Food Network. I didn't want to buy baked potato chips or panko crumbs, so I modified it to make it frugal, delicious, and homemade! Ben really liked them, even after I told him they were moderately healthy!
Baked Onion Rings
4 cups bread crumbs (I used cheap hotdog buns, pulsed in the blender in small batches until large shards)
1 cup buttermilk (I added 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to 1 cup skim)
1/2 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt (I used Lawry's)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1-2 large Vidalia onions
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Divide bread crumbs evenly into two separate bowls. (The batter can make the bread crumbs wet and difficult to stick to the onions, so it's nice to have a fresh start halfway through.)
- In a third bowl, combine buttermilk, 2 T. flour, seasoning salt, and pepper.
- Slice onions into 1/2" slices, using only large whole rings. I ended up with 13 rings. Chop the rest up and throw into the freezer to use later.
- Place the onion rings in a large bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup flour, mixing carefully to completely coat the rings.
- Dip the rings individually in the buttermilk mixture, then into the bread crumbs. Place on the greased cookie sheet.
- Before baking, spray the entire pan with another coat of cooking spray.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until coating is crisp and medium brown, turning over halfway.