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.
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + soaking Bake: 20 min.
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 169 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.
Originally published as Baked Onion Rings in Taste of Home June/July 2003