Onion Rings

Onion Rings

We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend.

From EatingWell: January/February 2010
Yield: 6 servings, 6-7 onion rings each
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  1. 2 medium yellow onions
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 1 1/2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note)
  6. 1 tablespoon seasoning blend, such as Cajun, jerk or Old Bay
  7. Olive oil or canola oil cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Cut off both ends of each onion and peel. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices; separate into rings. (Discard the smallest rings or reserve for another use.) Place the rings in a medium bowl; cover with cold water.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in a shallow dish. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs and seasoning in a third shallow dish. Working with one ring at time, remove from the water, letting any excess drip off. Coat in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then coat in the breadcrumb mixture, shaking off any excess. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Generously coat the onion rings with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn each onion ring over and return to the oven, switching the positions of the baking sheets. Continue baking until brown and very crispy, 8 to 10 minutes more.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 175 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 79 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber; 557 mg sodium; 136 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat