Onion rings: baked, not fried

Warm, delicious, and simply irresistible, they can be found on the menu of many restaurants and fast food chains: onion rings. You order them and enjoy every bite, perhaps convincing yourself that you are consuming your vegetables for the day. Often however, the guilty conscience creeps in as you remember that this perfect, crispy snack came straight from a deep fryer. Well, now there's good news! Not only can you easily prepare onion rings in your own kitchen, but they also don't have to be fried. Leave that guilt behind, and treat yourself!

You will need:

  • 1 large onion
  • dried bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika powder

Here's how:

  1. Peel the onion, cut it into slices and separate the slices into rings. 
  2. For the batter, crack the egg into a bowl, add the milk, and beat together. Afterwards, add the paprika powder, salt, and flour. Mix well. 
  3. To make the breadcrumbs, simply put some dried bread of your choice into a mixer. If the bread is not hard enough, try leaving it to sit on the counter for 24 hours. 
  4. Now prepare three bowls: one containing the egg batter, one the bread crumbs, and the last one some extra flour. The onion rings should be dipped in the following order: first in flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumbs. 
  5. Place your dipped rings on an oven rack and bake for 10-12 minutes at 430 °F.

All done! The result is perfectly crispy, golden onion rings that have not been swimming in a bath of hot oil. They are an ideal snack for your next movie night or BBQ, and if you don’t feel like sharing, enjoy them all alone!


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