I know a lot of ways to make healthy baked french fries, but I've never given much thought to applying the same process to the fry's cousin, the onion ring. Onion rings just seem so taboo. So against my efforts to eat lite. But how could that be? They're just onions, right? I found an amazing recipe for baking this famous side dish and gave it my own lighter twist. We had these for lunch today with sandwiches - they were really impressive.
Baked Onion Rings
modified from The Comfort of Cooking
4 cups reduced fat Ritz crackers (about 2 sleeves)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup fat free half and half
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 large Vidalia onion, peeled
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet slightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Place Ritz crackers and cayenne pepper into a food processor and process into crumbs (I used my mini-prep). Transfer to a shallow bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine half and half, 2 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings.
4. Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, then add onions, and shake to coat.
5. Dip onions one at a time into the milk mixture, then into cracker crumbs and place on baking sheet.
6. Spray cooking spray evenly over rings and bake for 20 minutes, or until coating is crisp. Season with salt and serve immediately with ketchup.