Panko Crusted Baked Onion Ring

by zesty on October 3, 2011 · 15 comments

Simple things in life make me happy.  On Saturday night, we decided to have homemade pub food for viewing of Modern Family season 2.  Just as an aside, I find that show super funny.  I cannot figure out if I like Cameron or Phil the most.  Too funny.  OK back to the eats.  The line of snacks included some homemade baked chicken wings, some perfect nachos and I started the evening off with some of these.

OMG, I love good onion rings.  Nothing rots me more than getting an onion ring at a diner and you feel you can ring them out before eating them.  So I started backing them and avoiding that problem and well partly because we don’t own a fryer.

Taking a few onions, slicing them thick, seasoning with salt and pepper and dredging them in a little buttermilk mixture.  Then you toss them in some panko bread crumbs and roast them in your oven for 10-15 minutes.  Talk about a killer snack that your “peeps” will be fighting for.  The crunch and flavor are really a hit with this little rings.  I am a bit lame as I like to dip mine in ketchup, but feel free to dip these in whatever your heart desires.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs ( dried)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Low Fat Buttermilk
  • 1 Medium Onion ( Vidalia, Spanish)  Sliced and broken into rings
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, flour, cayenne, and pepper
  3. Dip onion rings into egg mixture ( letting excess drop off ) and dredge into panko mixture; place on a large platter
  4. Pour oil into rimmed baking sheet and heat in oven for 2 minutes
  5. Remove sheet from oven and tilt to coat evenly.
  6. Arrange rings onto sheet.  Bake for about 15 minutes turning once or until rings are golden brown.
  7. Season with salt.
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: get them crunchy!  Keep rotating and turning the pan in the oven to ensure they are done evenly throughout.  The wait is worth it.

Have yourself a super Monday and I don’t know about your locale but it has been raining here for days.  I will keep my spirits up and see you all on Wednesday.  Maybe share a sweet treat with you for the mid week visit…. good idea?

Take care

zesty

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1 Kathy - Panini Happy

Oh my goodness, these look fantastic! I love onion rings I so want to make these. Did you end up using a combination of cornflake crumbs and panko? Noticed the directions mention a cornflake mixture…

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2 zesty

Hey Kathy, No that was just a typo on my part, I have made them with cornflakes before… these are all panko. I fixed the directions.

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3 Jersey Girl Cooks

Wow, these look like they have been deep fried! I will definitely try them as I don’t own a fryer either.

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4 Anne

Excellent! You had me at Panko!!

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5 Marianne

I love me a good onion ring as well, but I also do not have a deep fryer (or any desire to deep fry really – all that hot oil scares me). I’m totally saving this recipe to try! How much oil did you add to your baking sheet?

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6 zesty

Marianne, I only put about 1-2 Tbsp. of oil

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7 hilda

i tried this recipe exactly as directed and it was a dud. not sure what went wrong but in no way did the Panko adhere to the egg mixture. so it was a complete writeoff for me. hope others have better luck. I used a nice fresh spanish onion.

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8 zesty

Hilda, that is disappointing. Do you know if your panko crumbs were fresh? Did you really coat the onion ring with the egg mixture?

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9 hilda

Hi Zesty.. yes.. they were.. they were bought about a week ago and newly opened. definitly coated it with the egg mixture. but they did not stick.. very strange. but no biggie.. sometimes things like this happen… Looking forward to your next recipe though :)

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10 Tanya

Maybe if you try to dredge your onion with flour before dipping into the egg mixture? The onion might be so juicy it isn’t allowing it to stick… worth trying – I know I’ve had to do that with other things before.

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11 Felicia

I also had problems getting the breadcrumbs to stick. Anyone else have suggestions? They look so delicious in the picture and mine just turned out sad sad sad…

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12 zesty

Sorry Felicia… Are you dipping the onion in a lot of batter, laying them on parchement and not touching them until cooked?

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13 Felicia

yup. I”m gonna try them again tonight…maybe I had a lame onion!

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14 Felicia

I’m not sure what I did last time that was so wrong, but I tried it again and they were so right! Delicious, crispy and crave-able! Glad I gave it another shot…

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