Baked Onion Rings

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Author Notes: Some people are obsessed with French fries; my weakness is for onion rings. I came up with this baked version after deciding that getting an occasional fix with the fried kind from the local dive bar just wasn't cutting it.pantryhero

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Serves 2

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (cut crosswise)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plain dry unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon (scant) table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinches garlic powder
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  1. Pour the oil onto a medium baking sheet. (The more tarnished and darker, the better.) Place in the oven, turn the oven to 375°, and let the pan and oil get hot while you prep everything else.
  2. Cut the onion crosswise into 1/2" slices and separate out the rings. I usually get 2 slices out of half an onion, and it makes plenty of rings for 2 people.
  3. Place the flour in a bag. (I use a plastic grocery store bag.) Add the onion rings and shake until evenly coated.
  4. Place the egg in a shallow bowl and whisk to blend.
  5. Place the breadcrumbs and all of the rest of the ingredients (salt through pepper) into a different shallow bowl and stir to blend.
  6. Take one flour-coated onion ring and throughly coat it with the beaten egg, then thoroughly coat it with the breadcrumb mixture. (This part is kind of a pain, but starting with the bigger rings—while there are more crumbs—seems to help. I also find it easiest to use my left hand for the egg part and my right hand for the breadcrumb part.) Place the prepared ring on a cutting board.
  7. Continue step 6 until all of the rings are coated.
  8. Using an oven mitt! remove the hot pan from the oven. Use a spatula to spread the oil around evenly. Place the onion rings on the pan, return to the oven, and bake for about 6-8 minutes. Flip, turn the heat up to 400°, and bake for another 6-8 minutes. Enjoy immediately.

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