It’s been one of those weeks this week. Yes, it’s gone by super quick but not exactly without a hitch. I’d say it all started early Tuesday morning when I was startled awake at 6am by the water authority.
Monday evening the Pittsburgh area got pummeled by horrendous storms. Luckily all the bad rain missed the area where we live but parts of Pittsburgh experienced bad flooding. And apparently our local water authority lost power so we were instructed to conserve water.
I was heartbreakingly upset that I had to take a break from washing clothes that day. Yeah, right! Although I wasn’t sad to not wash clothes or run the dishwasher, I was not skipping a shower on a 90° day. Sorry but I just couldn’t do it!
So to cheer myself up over not washing and folding laundry, I made a batch of homemade onion rings. Mmm, the crispy panko and cornmeal coating had just the right amount of spices and flavor. I’ll warn you that these can be a bit time consuming to make but they’re pretty worth it. I wouldn’t make them on a weekly or even monthly basis but they make a nice treat a couple time a year.
Homemade Baked Onion Rings
from How Sweet It Is
2 large Vidalia onions
1 quart buttermilk
4 egg whites
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1. The day before: slice onions to desired ring thickness. Place rings in baking dish, pour in buttermilk. Soak onion rings overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Preheat oven to 450°. Remove rings from fridge and drain buttermilk from dish. Set aside. In a small shallow dish, whisk egg whites. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients and stir together.
3. Place a wire cooling rack on top of a jelly roll pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray. One at a time; take an onion ring, dip in egg whites and then dip in the panko mixture. Press firmly to get a good coating on the onion rings. Place in a single layer on wire rack.
4. Once all of the onion rings are coated, spray rings with a fine mist of non-stick cooking spray. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove, turn over rings, spray with more non-stick and bake for another 15 minutes.