The things you do for love.
Quick question: Is there a food that a loved one really likes but you don’t like? But because you love them so much you put aside your taste differences and make that dish for them. And complain the entire time saying they better respect what you’re doing. And they better give you a foot massage later that night. And they better buy you a ice cream cone.
For us, that is onions.
I have to be honest, I have come around a bit to onions. I used to be terrified. If I order a cheeseburger or taco without onions and it comes with them on, oh no, oh no, that is going back to the kitchen (besides, it should, I did order it that way anyways). I thought a happy medium between my no-onion and Matthew’s onion love ways would be onion powder. And it stayed like that for years and it often does when I’m making some dishes. But last week I found myself adding chopped onions to a slow cooker recipe because the onions were going to be so “melted” I would be ok with it. I think it’s the crunch that does it for me that I don’t like? I’m not sure. I used to be that way with lettuce but now I’m like a bunny in the garden.
Anyways, back to onions. Let’s talk onion rings. We have harvested so many onions our kitchen looks like a onion shop (if that exists). So after Matthew threw me so many onion ring hints, I took them and promised him onion rings would be made. And get this, are you ready? After I made them, I ate one. Are you ready ready? I liked it. Oh gosh. What is happening? A little bit at a time, but this was a big step for me in the onion world. Onions, are you listening? I’m trying! My commitment is strong to you in the garden.
This recipe uses creole spice mix which I include in the ingredients list to make your own. This seasoning is great for meat rubs, rice dishes and soups too. You can also buy this seasoning mix already made, but you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen. If you made this seasoning and put it into mason jars it would be make a awesome gift for fellow cooking lovers.
- 2 large onions - sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg - beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon creole spice mix
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Place half or your flour into a bowl.
- Mix the other half of flour with milk and beaten egg. Mix in breadcrumbs, creole spice mix, salt + pepper.
- One by one, dip your onion into the plain flour mixture.
- Next, dip your onion into the flour batter mixture. Let excess batter drip off before moving to the next step.
- Next, dip your onion into breadcrumbs so covered.
- Put onion slices on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Cook until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip each onion ring so it's baked evenly.
Beautiful garden onions. You guys are very pretty.
15-20 minutes. You want to keep a eye on them so they don’t burn. Mine took 16 minutes. Also you want to flip them midway, I say at the 8 minute mark is good.