Oh yes, you read that correctly--HEALTHY Onion Rings. Oh, and I forgot to mention fantastically crunchy as well. If you saw my post about these Cheesy, Garlic Hasselback Potatoes and thought, "did they really just eat those for dinner?" The answer is a big N-O. We had the potatoes, with healthy onion rings aaaaand steak. It was fab. Although, I'm pretty sure Mr. Schwartz could have ate only these onion rings, he is completely obsessed.
Here's the lowdown. And stay tuned--I'm having a lady party tomorrow complete with a dessert buffet. Yes, you heard me, dessert buffet. Which means, I baked. Watch out.
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Healthy Onion Rings
2 large vidalia onions
1 quart of buttermilk
4 egg whites
1 cup medium ground cornmeal
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
At least 12 hours ahead of time, slice onions into 1/2-inch thick rings. Place in a bowl and pour buttermilk over top. Let soak for at least 12 hours.
When ready to bake, heat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour and panko with salt, pepper and paprika. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack on top.
Remove each onion ring from the buttermilk and dip in egg whites. Immediately dip in the breadcrumb mixture and press to coat. If bread crumbs won’t adhere, dip in egg whites and try again. Lay each ring on the wire rack. When all rings are ready, give each a quick spritz of non-stick spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip with tongs and spray again with spray. Bake for 10 minutes more.
Serve with a boatload of ketchup.
Recipe from: here