Second half snack?

I know, I know.  The game has already started, so this will be quick.  But I JUST finished making these super yummy onion rings, and I figured some of you out there either a) don’t care about the game, b) are as addicted to onion rings as I am, or c) will need a snack replenishment by the time 7:00ish rolls around.  You can make these in the time it takes the Black Eyed Peas to do whatever it is that they do.

Also.  Worst commercial so far?  The preview for “Fast Five.”  Can’t WAIT for the 5th installment of a movie that wasn’t even good in the first place.  Also awesome that we just saw A-Fraud being hand-fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz.

OK.  Oven-fried onion rings = buttermilk batter + potato chip/saltine coating.  I adapted the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker…the only change I made was to add some cornmeal to the flour dredging mixture.   Yums.  Less mess and just as tasty as deep-fried.  Bonus points if you make the Outback-inspired horseradish dipping sauce.  Ready, set, go!

Oven-fried Onion Rings

1/4 + 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 yellow cornmeal
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature (buttermilk substitute: milk + a little lemon juice or white vinegar)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
30 saltine crackers
4 cups kettle-cooked potato chips (regular will work too in a pinch)
2 large yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices and separated into rings
6 TBS vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF with racks in the lower-middle and upper-middle positions.
2.  Place 1/8 cup all-purpose flour and 1/8 cup cornmeal in a shallow baking dish and toss to combine.
3.  Beat egg and buttermilk together in a small bowl.  Add remaining 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper and whisk to combine.
4.  Pulse saltines and chips in a food processor until finely ground, about 10 pulses.  Place mixture in a shallow baking dish.  Line up the flour-cornmeal mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, then the crumb mixture and get ready to triple-dip!
5.  With one onion ring at a time, dip first in the flour mixture, shaking off excess…then dip in the buttermilk mixture, letting the excess drip off…then dip in the crumb mixture, making sure it gets coated evenly.  Place coated onion rings on a large tray or plate.
6.  Pour 3 TBS vegetable oil on each of 2 rimmed baking sheets.  Place baking sheets in preheated oven just until the oil is smoking.  This could be anywhere from 5-7 minutes, so keep an eye on it.  Defs turn on your hood fan for this part.
7.  When the oil is heated, tilt the sheets to make sure oil is evenly distributed.   Place onion rings on both sheets in a single layer.  Bake, flipping onion rings once halfway through, for a total of 15 minutes.  Drain onion rings briefly on paper towels, then serve hot with (or without if you dislike deliciousness…or prefer another sauce I suppose) dipping sauce.  They disappear quickly!

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

Outback-style Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS ketchup
2 TBS prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.  To adjust spiciness, add a little more horseradish or cayenne at a time.  Serve with oven-fried onion rings, french fries, celery sticks, carrot sticks…etc.

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

I hope everyone is enjoying/enjoyed the game!  What were your favorite recipes from your game-watching parties?  I do love football, but I will say one thing.  I have nothing against them, but the Steelers are NOT the black and gold.  That is clearly yellow people.  Black and yellow.  There is only one black and gold team in the NFL, and that would be the New Orleans Saints.  That is all.


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