There are certain foods in my life, that I only eat some of the time. I have to really crave them. The list isn't huge, but it is there. One of those foods is onion rings. I really love them when I have them, but I really have to crave them in order to make up a batch. It isn't that it's hard to make them, I just don't need them.
That being said, today was a crave day. I needed to have some crispy, crunchy, delicious onion rings. I had all the ingredients, so it would be a piece of plant based cake.
I hope these instructions are easy to follow, and you enjoy them as much as I do.
Pre-heat oven to 425°F
You will also need a couple large bowls, a baking sheet with a rack, silicone pad, or parchment paper.
A whisk and fork will come in handy too
1 large onion (peeled carefully, and sliced into 1/2 inch slices)
1 cup of corn flour (masa)
1/2 cup corn meal
2 cups panko bread crumbs (you can make this GF by using GF bread crumbs)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1 tablespoon corn starch
In a large bowl, combine the corn flour, corn meal, spices and starch. Whisk to combine well.
Add the water, and whisk well to combine. It should be just a bit thinner than a pancake batter.
Pour the bread crumbs into another bowl. Set up an assembly line.
Place a few rings of onions in the batter, and with a fork, make sure they are all covered. With that same fork, remove from batter, and let drip a moment. Place into the bread crumbs and cover the pieces.
Place onto your cooking sheet (rack, silicone pad, parchment) and repeat until all the pieces are done.
Now, place the cooking sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes. While it is in there, clean up your mess. :)
After 10 minutes, remove from freezer, and place into your preheated oven. Set your timer for 25-30 minutes.
After 25-30 minutes, open the oven and check on your work. If you like them crispy, you may want to add a few more minutes. Keep checking them, they can burn pretty quickly.
They should be a nice golden brown.
Remove from oven, and let sit for a minute or two.
That is it. You are done, and you can now enjoy these crispy rings of joy.
I serve with ketchup, but what you dip them in is your choice.
I had corn on the cob on the side, and it was a great meal. :)
You may want to make a double batch of these, especially if you don't want to share. Good news, this recipe makes enough for you to triple the amount of onions. The batter and bread crumbs will be enough.
I hope you give these a try. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, and you will want more.