Beer Baked Onion Rings

Yes, I realize this is my second post in about as many weeks with the title Beer in it.  What can I say?  The Beer Cheese-N-Mac Soup was yummy, and everything takes on such a rich flavor when you use beer. Or perhaps it's because we have a case of Summit in our basement that is just waiting to be used... Baked Onion Rings 1

OR, perhaps it's because it's the OLYMPICS [...get it?!  I made my onion rings into Olympic rings...] and so sitting around in front of a big screen and watching sports makes me want to grab a beer. And eat SNACKS!  Like, bar snacks. Except I have three kids and am not going to hang at the bar for the majority of the day, even though that sounds pretty fun.

So the bar has to come to me.  Except I'd also rather not eat bar food all day.  (Well, I could be convinced.)  But Beer Baked Onion Rings?  These I could eat.

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Over the next two weeks, you might gather with friends and cheer on the U-S-of-A (or whatever country you hail from) - and you might want to eat some good snack food.  Then you might want to turn to this:

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It's easy.  (As my recipes always are.)  And if you feel intimidated by the whole baking-when-you-should-be-frying thing... well, ok, I'm not going to pretend that baking tastes better than frying. But if you want to FEEL better?... And if you are gonna go baked... this is the way to do it.

So Easy:

1 - Thickly slice the onions. Drench them in flour.

2 - Get 'em wet in the beer/egg combo for 10 seconds.

3 - Plop them in a big zipper-freezer bag full of panko breadcrumbs and any kind of flavoring you want... I always go the spicy route, so I used cayenne and a good dose of our homemade crushed hot peppers.

4 - Plop them on a greased baking dish, and bake for about 15 mins.

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Sorry, gotta get back to watching this amazing new sport where crazy people on snowboards careen themselves through the air. It's awesome. Oh, and please pass the Beer Baked Onion Rings.

Beer Baked Onion Rings
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: The Cabin Garden
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Serves: 4
Beer Baked Onion Rings - good get-together food that is good for you!
Ingredients
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • Seasonings, to taste. I used 1 tsp cayenne pepper; and a sprinkle of homemade hot peppers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray.
  3. Slice onions thickly
  4. Put half of the flour in one small shallow bowl
  5. Crack egg and pour beer into medium, shallow bowl; add rest of flour and whisk it all together.
  6. Put panko crumbs and seasonings into a large ziploc baggie.
  7. Then, process onions through 3-step process:
  8. - drench in flour
  9. - Get 'em wet
  10. - Toss them in the Crumb-baggie.
  11. Use tongs to take each onion ring out carefully and place on cookie sheet.
  12. Bake until crispy on the outside - about 15-20 minutes.