These. Are. Amazing. I wanted to make a healthier and more exciting version of those fried onion rings you get at casual restaurants, but without the…well, fried-ness. Success!
These are crunchy, but not dry, and the herbs give them a unique flavor. But not one so overpowering that they don’t go with ketchup. 😉
- 1 white, yellow, or sweet onion, cut into rings
For the batter
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
For the breading
- 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional, but good)
- salt/pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 F.
After slicing the onion, combine the batter ingredients (water + flour) and whisk until smooth.
Combine the breading ingredients (breadcrumbs + cornmeal + herbs) and mix.
Dip each onion ring into the batter, so that it is covered completely, and then into the breading.
It gets messy! I’ve found the easiest way is to use a fork to immerse the onion in the batter, and a spoon to cover the battered onion in breading.
Place on a baking sheet (can you tell I have a small oven? yay for concentric circles and space efficiency! 🙂 ) and bake until golden and crunchy, about 20 minutes.
Try to wait until they’re a little cool before devouring, or you’ll burn your tongue like I did…;) Enjoy!