I’m not putting anybody on a diet here. Actually, my friends and I call ourselves “fat kids,” with lots and lots of pride. It’s a state of mind, not body, you see, and it relates mostly to a joyful, innocently exuberant love of food–all kinds of food. Uh, ’cause it’s delicious. It also allows us to run, bike, climb mountains, snowboard, ski, swim, dance (badly… That’s just me, though) and fight dragons. And other such things that we like to do.
Anyhow, as I alluded to, I am not above fried food in any way, but there’s nothing wrong with a healther version of a beloved side. Right?
Start with Os without the Xs.
1st stop–buttermilk, to make flour stick.
2ndly–flour, to make egg stick.
3rdly–egg, to make THE BEST PART stick. So important.
4thly and finally and gloriously, bread crumbs and spices and some cookie sheet. Spraying with olive oil is important for texture purposes.
Bake them. Eat however and with whatever you please. Be a fat kid! I had mine with a delicious Trader Joe’s jalapeno chicken sausage on a hot dog bun. With ketchup… Classy.
Baked Onion Rings
(serves 2-3 people, or 1-3 fat kids)
1 large onion, cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick
Buttermilk (about 2 cups)
Flour (about 2 cups)
Eggs, beaten (around 3 should do)
1 cup or so of plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup of panko crumbs
2 tbsp of garlic salt
1 tsp to 1 tbsp of powdered mustard, to taste
1 tsp to 1 tbsp of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste. I used 1 tbsp and these had a nice kick. I like spicy things.
(Other potential seasonings: cumin, chili powder, curry powder, dill, paprika, smoked paprika, black pepper, basically any kind of dried herbs…)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set up an assembly-type line with four bowls: buttermilk, flour, egg, and the bread crumb/spice mixture in each, respectively. Spray two cookie sheets with olive oil spray. Dip each onion ring into buttermilk, then flour, then egg, then crumbs/spices. Place onto prepared sheets, and spray the rings generously with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes, broiling for an additional 5-10 for extra crispiness.