Super easy. Super crunchy. Oven baked beer batter…all the good things without needing to deep fry – SO GOOD. Also crispy all over without flipping using my special trick. And of course, double dipped – but the OK kind of double dipping – for crunch factor.
I am not a fan of deep frying. Not saying that I’m ruling it out all together, but if I can have an oven-baked alternative I will take it every time. And oh baby, these were not just an alternative, they were the real deal all on their own. Gotta love the taste test…
I served these with a Dijon mustard mayo, which is my new favourite flavour combo. You could also serve them with my Homemade Ranch Dressing.
And by the way, if you are the only one eating these for lunch because no-one else is home and you have to check the recipe before you send it out into the blogosphere, you can double dip your favourtie Dijon mayo ALL YOU WANT!!!!
Super crunchy & oven baked with no need to flip thanks to my secret trick.
- 1 large brown onion (approx 250 g / 9 oz)
- ½ cup / 100 g plain/all purpose flour
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp fine salt
- 1¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup / 20 g parmesan - finely grated
- 60 g salted butter - melted
- ½ cup light coloured beer
- Dijon mustard & mayonnaise, combined to serve (see note)
- Pre heat oven to 200c / 390f fan forced
- Place a baking rack/cake cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet (my secret trick for no flip!)
- Slice onion in 1 cm / ⅓ inch rings - keeping any small centre pieces for another use (see note)
- Mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder & salt
- Place ¼ cup of flour mixture in a medium sized bowl, add beer 1 - 2 tbsp at a time to avoid any lumps & mix until fully incorporated
- In another medium bowl, combine parmesan & breadcrumbs then add melted butter to crumbs, mixing well to coat entirely
- Take 2 - 3 onion rings at a time, and coat them in flour mixture (see note)
- Using a fork, transfer rings to bowl containing beer mixture, turning to coat (see note)
- Transfer rings back to flour mixture, turning to coat
- Using the fork, transfer rings back to beer mixture again, turning to coat
- Transfer rings to breadcrumb mixture, & using a clean fork turn gently to coat well & lightly pressing crumbs on if needed, repeat with remaining rings
- Place onion rings in a single layer on prepared cake rack/baking sheet
- Bake for 15 mins & serve immediately with Dijon mayonnaise
I only deal with about 2 - 3 rings at a time (depending on their size), this is so that there is room to separate them in the flour mixture when they are wet (for the second dip), and also so they don't sit too long in the beer mixture and the flour just soaks off. I let the excess drip off before transferring from the beer mixture each time.
The reason I use a fork is because you get control with minimum disturbance of your batter/crumbs - the object is to get the entire ring coated. This way you also don't end up losing a lot of your crumb mixture because it clumped up on your fingers.
My "special trick" of placing the rings on a baking/cake rack over your baking sheet means that they crisp up and brown all over without the need to flip them - cool right?
The Dijon mayonnaise is just that, any store bought mayo of your choosing combined with Dijon mustard - in a ratio of about 2:1. You could also purchase pre made Dijonnaise - same thing just in a jar already. I like to make my own because I can choose the mayo I like (I use a sugar free one) and add as much or as little Dijon as I like.