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Oven Baked Onion Rings

I’ve made traditional onion rings before, and it was no joke. Deep frying is a lot of trouble for one little batch of onion rings, so I don’t make them often. I decided to search out an oven cooked onion ring that still had all the flavor of a deep fried onion ring, and this is the combination of several different methods and recipes I came across.

Begin by slicing up on large Vidalia into ⅓ – ½ inch rings. Remove the tiny middle pieces and set aside for a different use. Put them into a large freezer bag and pour 2-3 cups of buttermilk over them as well as ½ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper, and ½ tsp seasoned salt.

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Let those soak for several hours, or overnight in the fridge. Strain the onions, reserving the buttermilk mixture.

Next put 10 saltines and 3 large handfuls of kettle cooked potato chips into a food processor or blender. Pulse these until they are finely crushed. You can also use a large ziploc for this and just smash and bash them until they are adequately crushed. Combine this mixture with ½ cup of panko bread crumbs.

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Now combine and mix well the reserved buttermilk and one beaten egg. Set aside. Place ¾ cup of flour into another bowl and set that aside also. While you are in the process of breading your onion rings, preheat your oven to 375 and place a large cookie sheet with sides on it along with ½ cup of cooking oil into the oven and let it heat up.

To coat the onion rings, first place them into the flour and coat lightly.

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Next place into the buttermilk/egg mixture. Make sure you fully coat all areas of the onion ring or the breading won’t stick.

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Now lightly coat in the crumb mixture.

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Set on a clean platter and continue breading all of the onion rings.

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After they are all coated and the oven is heated, add them into the hot pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until they have browned on the bottom side. Flip over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, or just until the other side has browned.

Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Soak time: 2 hours
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10-14 minutes
Servings: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 large Vidalia Onion, sliced into ⅓ – ½ inch rings
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 10 saltines
  • 3 large handfuls kettle cooked potato chips
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup oil

Directions

  1. Soak the sliced onions in buttermilk, salt, cayenne pepper, and seasoned salt for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain onions, reserving buttermilk. Mix one beaten egg with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, place flour and set aside. Crush the saltines and potato chips into a medium crumb. Combine with panko in a separate bowl
  3. Preheat oven to 375 and add oil into a cookie sheet with sides. Place cookie sheet into oven to let oil heat.
  4. Bread rings by first placing into flour, then into buttermilk/egg mixture, then into crumb mixture. Set onto a clean platter.
  5. When all rings are breaded, place into hot cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Check frequently as the cooking time will depend on your particular oven.
  6. Flip over and cook on other side until browned.
  7. Remove and serve immediately.
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