Joey and I are always looking for something that is naughty but at the same time figure-friendly. (Yes, our "naughty" factor pretty much applies just to food.) The other day Ellie Krieger had an episode entitled, "Day at the Diner" where she presented many of our favorite diner foods made in a healthier manner. While these are not as figure-friendly as carrot sticks, they do satisfy that craving for onion rings. The fact that they are oven baked makes you feel all the better about them. I want to say these are super easy to make, but I am having a bit of a challenge with the crumbs clumping together after dipping a few rings in them. I think the key is to grind up the chips very finely, but am not sure yet.
These are a great alternative to deep frying and work really well with burgers, hot dogs, or grilled cheese like we did. (All healthy alternatives, of course!) Check this out and if you master the dipping process please tell me your secret!!!!
- Cooking spray
- 4 cups baked potato chips
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or milder spice of your choice - see notes)
- 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 450° F
- Spray a baking sheet slightly with oil and set aside.
- Place potato chips in the bowl of a food processor and process into crumbs, about 20 seconds.
- Transfer to a shallow bowl, add cayenne (or spice of your choice), and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of flour, saltand pepper and set aside.
- Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings, keeping only large, whole rings. (Save the rest of onions for other uses. I chopped mine up for the hot dogs.) You should come out with about 12 to 14 rings.
- Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, then add onions, and shake to coat.
- Dip onions 1 at a time into the buttermilk mixture, then dip into potato chip crumbs and place on baking sheet.
- Spray cooking oil evenly over rings and bake for 20 minutes, or until coating is crisp.
- Season with salt, to taste, and serve immediately.
I have made these twice and liked them both times. I will say though, the first time I followed the recipe and used cayenne and it was WAY spicy. If you have kids or don't like spicy it's a huge no-no. The second time I used smoked paprika and really liked it. I think with this recipe you might want to try it first with a very mild spice or none at all then experiment with spices you like. I kind of want to try Italian spices and serve them with a pasta sauce.