So I’ll be the first to admit I was a tad skeptical of this one. The joy of onion rings, much like seaside doughnuts and cannolis to name but a couple, is the fact they are deep fried. This age old cooking method is definitely the work of the devil, seeing as it is often the most delicious whilst simultaneously being secretly out to kill you.
Don’t get me wrong, this blog is not on a slippery slope towards being a vegan, carb free, baked good free mecca (and apologies to all those in search of such things whom have arrived here via some misdirection by the google search robots). But in the spirit of giving anything foodie related a go, even if this is to decide my instincts were right, we decided to try baking onion rings.
Part of the motivation behind this was the worlds most ridiculously large onion which arrived in our organic veg box this week (see what they’re all about here). It was seriously about 6″ across. This onion deserved to be the center of attention in some dish, not hidden away in a sauce.
As luck would have it we even had the end of a loaf of white bread we had slightly forgotten about from earlier in the week which was now brick like, but perfect for making breadcrumbs.
So here it is, for the doubters of you out there, I say give it a try. While I am not suggesting this is superior to the best onion rings out there, it is certainly on par with most! 😀
Baked Onion Rings (makes a seriously large bowl full)
1 insanely large onion (or a couple of smaller ones)
1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cup corn flakes
Salt and Pepper to season
1. Onions – Peel and slice the onions into 1/2″ thick rounds and separate into lots of rings.
2. Wet Mix – In a bowl next to the right of your onions, beat the egg and milk together. Add the yogurt and mix to loosen the yogurt. Whisk in the flour, cayenne pepper and seasoning until the mix forms a thick but smooth batter, something like a waffle or pancake batter.
3. Dry mix – In a food processor blitz a couple of slices of stale bread to make about 1/2 cup. Blitz the corn flakes into a coarse mix in the same way. Mix these together and place in a bowl to the right of your wet mix. (there is some method to the positioning of things, I haven’t got all strange and particular on you :P)
4. Baking tin – Spray a baking tin with cooking spray and place to the right of all your bowls. Ta-dah In front of you now stands your very own onion ring production line. Now your left hand shall be known as Mr wet hand, your right hand, Mrs dry hand. (not sure why I assigned them genders, but it seemed right at the time 😀 )
5. Production – Take each ring of onion in turn with Mr wet hand, mix around in the wet mix, take out and shake off the excess. Drop into the dry mix and with Mrs dry hand coat in the breadcrumb/corn flake mix. Still with dry hand carefully place onto you prepared baking sheet. Repeat for as much onion as you have.
6. Bake – When your baking trays are full finish by spraying everything lightly in cooking spray and place in an oven at 200ºC for about 30 mintues or until golden brown.