Baked onion rings with chipotle ranch are the perfect accompaniment to seafood night, or summer entertaining.
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It's summer and we are grilling. I'm always trying to mix things up a bit though. There are only so many salads I can serve when we are grilling before I begin to hear that word … 'AGAIN!'
This week for 'grill night' I served steak with grilled corn, salad, and baked onion rings with chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
- 1 yellow onion
- 3/4 cup Fresh & Easy Panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup Fresh & Easy Italian style bread crumbs
- approx 1.5 cups buttermilk
- 2 tsp fresh thyme (finally chopped)
- pinch of salt
Chipotle Ranch Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- 2 tbs fresh cilantro
- 1 pkg ranch dressing dry mix blend
- pinch salt
Slice onion into rings and place in a bowl or shallow dish. Pour buttermilk over the onions so they are covered and refrigerate for about an hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 450F.
Line baking trays with baking paper.
Combine the Panko bread crumbs, Italian style bread crumbs and pinch of salt in a bowl.
Coat each of the buttermilk-soaked onion rings with the bread crumb mixture and place it on the baking sheet, making sure each is separated. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Time depends on how brown or crispy you prefer them. I don't like them to be too dark, I prefer them just browned so pulled them out a little earlier at about 9-10 minutes.
Tip: Be careful not to get the bread crumb mixture too wet when coating the onion rings, it won't stick if it does. You may want to separate half of the mixture into separate bowls.
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