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Crispy Baked Onion Rings

 Crispy Baked Onion Rings
These crispy, lightly browned rings from Della Stamp of Long Beach, California are a healthy alternative to the deep-fried version. Thyme and paprika enhance the flavor of the tender onions.
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + soaking Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet onions
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Cut onions into 1/2-in. slices; separate into rings and place in a
  • bowl. Cover with ice water; soak for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. In another bowl,
  • combine the bread crumbs, thyme, salt, paprika and pepper. Divide
  • the crumb mixture among three large resealable plastic bags. Dip a
  • third of the onions in the egg whites; add a few rings at a time to
  • crumb mixture and shake to coat. Place on a baking sheet coated with
  • cooking spray.
  • Repeat with remaining onions and crumb mixture. Bake at 400° for
  • 20 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 169 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 865 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.