Friday, February 13, 2009

Barbecue-Flavored Onion Rings

Well, for baked onion rings these are really good. But they're still baked. That's what happens when I refuse to deep fry things. But it's true that these are really good, especially for baked onion rings. Not soft or oily like regular ones, but very light and crispy. We probably won't make them again but they were perfect with our dinner!

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Barbecue-Flavored Onion Rings
Cooking Light, April 2008

Regular yellow onions will work in this recipe, but sweet onions have a milder flavor. Coating the onion rings with breadcrumbs in batches keeps the crumbs dry for maximum crispness. Rotate pans during cooking for even browning.

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 pound Vidalia or other sweet onions, cut into (1/4-inch-thick) slices and separated into rings (about 2 large)
1 1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs, divided
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Combine flour, sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, allspice, and eggs in a large bowl. Dip onion rings in flour mixture. Place half of onion rings in a zip-top plastic bag; add 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, shaking bag to coat onion rings. Repeat procedure with remaining onion rings and remaining 3/4 cup breadcrumbs.

3. Arrange onion rings in a single layer on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat onion rings with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes. Rotate pans on racks; bake 5 minutes. Turn onion rings over; lightly coat with cooking spray and bake 5 minutes. Rotate pans and bake 5 minutes or until crisp. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings

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