Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baked Onion Rings

Mmmm...onion rings. As delicious as they are, I have always had a love-hate relationship with onion rings. I love them because they are delicious, vastly superior to a french fry in flavor, and perfect on the side of so many things. However, they are also not very good for you, not vegan, and the onion is always coming out of its crispy shell, leaving you with a limp onion, and fried batter. I’m sure many of you can relate to my onion ring despair. Okay, I may be hyperbolizing a bit, but it is important to me to rehabilitate the onion ring for the vegans, and the health conscious. These would obviously be good on the side of a veggie burger, or soy-sage, but I also think they make a festive appetizer for any occasion. So, don’t wait until your next barbecue. Make them now!

4 cups baked original potato chips, processed into crumbs
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 or 2 large yellow onions, in 1/2” to 3/4” slices

Heat oven to 450ยบ. Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl, and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Combine potato chip crumbs and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Combine milk mixture, 2 tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper in another dish. Place onion rings and remaining 1/2 cup flour in a sealable bag and shake to coat. Remove onion rings from bag, and one at a time, dip in the milk mixture, and then the potato chip crumbs and place on a greased sheet pan. When all the onion rings have been coated, spray lightly with vegetable oil, and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Serve hot from the oven!

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