Happy almost weekend, Mamas! I don’t know about you all, but in my household, football Sundays are a big deal. Usually it involves hours on the couch, raised voices (because we all know how to play football better than the professional players, of course), and lots of junk food. I have been slowly replacing the chips and dip for carrots and ranch, and the pizza with some hearty chili, but there is still a feeling of missing something else.
So today I went out of my comfort zone and tried a new spin on the old classic of onion rings. See, if I have too much fried food, I tend to get an upset stomach. So today I oven “fried” these bad boys (aka just baked them but oven fried sounds cooler) and I was so surprised at how great they came out! I added a bit of our Organic Ketchup into a creamy dipping sauce and I think we are going to have some happy football fans on Sunday!
I only made a small batch for today, so the recipe yields about 30 rings, but obviously if you’re expecting a crowd, double it! I also used a crisping pan (which I am obsessed with) but if you don’t have that, a regular baking sheet will do, just make sure to flip the rings halfway through their bake time so they get crunchy on both sides.
First, start by slicing the onion into about ½ inch thick pieces, separating the layers into individual rings. Then set up your holy trinity of dipping bowls: in the first add the flour, paprika, and garlic powder. Into the second goes your eggs and whole milk, and finally the third is filled with the bread crumbs, olive oil, and salt.
Now you’re going to have to get your hands dirty, but it’s worth it! The dipping gets a bit complicated, so just keep repeating this to yourself: Flour, Eggs, Flour, Eggs, Breadcrumbs, Baking Sheet.
The reason why I dipped into the flour and eggs twice was just to build up an extra layer of batter, and this really added to the crunch that was so satisfying!
Honestly, it’s that easy! Make sure they are separated on the baking sheet and pop them into the oven at 450 degrees for about 20-23 minutes. I had them baking for 22 minutes and they were perfect!
Now for the sauce: I couldn’t exactly decide what type of sauce I wanted, but I know I wanted ketchup incorporated (plus I love the color pink). After making a bit of a mess of my kitchen counter, I came up with just a solid mixture of mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder (the holy trinity of powders) salt, and pepper. It sounds like a lot but I promise it was great!
Now all you have to do is dip and enjoy! I hope this fulfills your healthy (and crunchy) “junk food” craving this weekend!