These onion rings were another yummy dish I made on my night of girly cooking with my friend Anna. She was a very helpful assistant (except when she kept snacking on things I needed to take pictures of!). Onion rings are one of those bar foods that I love, but feel like I can never have. I mean it’s deep fried. All I know is, they are delicious, but I never feel great after I eat them and I’m sure it does nothing to help my waistline either.
Enter spicy baked onion rings: All of the onion goodness, plus some kick, plus avocado aioli (!)- and none of the guilt. Me likey.Now while I probably won’t make these every week (I honestly just don’t crave onion rings every single week, just not my style. Gimme the sugar!) I will make them any time Joe and I watch some sort of sports. What I am addicted to is this avocado aioli. I’ve made it every day to put it in my sandwiches, veggie burgers, everything. It’s divine. It also is nice and creamy against the spicy crunchy onion ring. Yummers. When you make these be very careful about cooking them – they get crispy quick! And by crispy I mean hard, and tough to eat. (She says, with experience.)
I’ll be back tomorrow with a whole week of romantic – and chocolatey Valentine’s Day recipes. Yay!
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- 1 large Onion, sliced
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Hard Apple Cider
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Panko crumbs (regular is fine too)
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt + 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 Avocado
- 2 tablespoons Veganaise (or regular mayonnaise)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 400° degrees.
- For Onion Rings
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, milk, dijon mustard and cider until completely smooth.
- In another bowl mix together lank, breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon salt and red pepper flakes.
- Dip each ring of onion into the batter and then into the bread crumb mixture, coating it thoroughly. Place it on the parchment paper. Repeat until all rings are covered.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- For Aioli
- Mix together avocado, veganaise, lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon salt until completely completely smooth.