I’ve never been a fan of onion rings. I think it is because they are so greasy. My husband, on the other hand, loves onion rings. So I was excited when I saw The Food Physician and done a recipe resuscitation for onion rings — baking them instead of deep fry.
Now that I’m gluten sensitive, I don’t keep any wheat flours in the house because I don’t want to take the chance of mixing them up. So, I decided to make Sonali’s recipe gluten free. I’m glad I did make them gluten free. I didn’t expect to like them, but I did and now I can eat them. Whoohoo! Here’s what I came up with….
Gluten Free Baked Onion Rings
adapted from Crispy Oven Baked Onion Rings from The Foodie Physician
1 large onion, peeled (I used a red onion)
1/2 cup millet flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and black pepper
Cooking spray (I used Coconut Oil Spray)
1/2 cup Vegannaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used goat’s milk yogurt, but Greek yogurt would also be good)
2 tablespoons red chili paste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice the onion into approximately 1/4-inch slices and separate.
Set up a breading station. Place the flour in a dish and mix in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl. Place the breadcrumbs 3rd dish with the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Working with one or two onion rings at a time, place the onion rings in the flour and toss them around to coat them well. Then dip the rings into the buttermilk. Let the excess buttermilk drip off and then place the rings into the breadcrumbs. Turn the rings around in the breadcrumbs until they are fully coated. This will work best if you do a couple of rings at a time otherwise the breadcrumbs will get clumpy. Carefully lift the rings from the breadcrumb mixture and place them on two baking trays lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Spray the onion rings lightly with olive oil spray and place the trays in the oven. Bake about 15 minutes until the onion rings are golden brown.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.
In medium bowl, mix ingredients to combine.