Monday, January 10, 2011

Cookbook Challenge - Baked Onion Rings

Hola, how was your weekend? On Saturday, I did a little retail therapy and ate some Mexican food. Yesterday I just did stuff around the house. I was in kind of a blah mood until I learned some news -- there is a yoga studio opening right by my house! This cheered me up immensely. I used to go to yoga regularly when I lived in Austin, and I was pretty upset when we moved to New York and I learned that there were no studios in this area. I've tried practicing at home, but my son always wants to climb all over me and it is the opposite of relaxing! So I'm super excited to check this place out soon. The exercise and stress relief benefits of yoga are great, and I'm also looking forward to having some "me time" a couple times a week, which I don't really have right now.

This week, the PPK Cookbook Challenge begins! I posted the schedule the other day. This week, it's Appetite for Reduction.

I don't own this cookbook yet (I ordered it because I keep hearing good things, but it hasn't arrived yet), but I found a recipe online for OMG Oven Baked Onion Rings. They were easy. I used to be afraid to bread things, fearing a big mess. But you really only need to remember one rule -- keep one hand dry at all times.  It worked for my New Years Eve jalapeno poppers, and it worked for these onion rings.

Tony thought the onion rings were perfect for snacking on while enjoying some football playoffs. I could care less about football, but I ate my share as well!

I'm afraid this dipping sauce doesn't fit with the low-calorie philosophy of Appetite for Reduction, but it does pair nicely with the baked rings.

Awesome Onion Ring Sauce
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl, serve with onion rings.


  1. Hi Sara,
    Wow those look tasty!
    I am buying Appetite for Reduction of Friday. I have been stalking it at the book store for three weeks now, the staff must think I have a serious problem. LOL
    Do you think I could use silken tofu for the sour cream and tomato sauce for the ketchup and have a close version of your sauce?

  2. viv, i hoped to get afr for christmas but i got 2 other (great) cookbooks'd think that would be enough, but then last night i was at the bookstore looking at it and decided i had to have it too :) i think the silken tofu and tomato sauce would work fine! it'll still be a nice creamy contrast for the crunchiness of the rings which is what i was going for.

  3. The look amazing! I will definitely try them.

  4. I am so excited to try those onion rings. Were you able to find sweet onions? My market only sells normal onions, and I'm worried they won't be as good.

  5. sarah, yes i used yellow vidalia onions. i think all yellow onions are sweet? but i might be wrong.

  6. I've been experimenting with onion rings lately, too. Glad you liked this recipe.

  7. Baked onion rings! Awesome. I'll have to try them for sure...onion rings are my favorite savory fatty snack...these are sans all the fat!

  8. HI there!

    I made these and I was unable to make them look breading bowl kept clumping from the batter...they were delicious though. :)

    Try the chickpea is AMAZING!!!

  9. These sound so delicious. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  10. They look perfect! I don't have the book but have been eyeing this particular recipe since it was posted. Although, it said to use some kind of special onion and I only ever have regular yellow on hand. Maybe I'll use that anyway.

  11. Thanks for sharing - I'd love to make these onion rings. I love that they are baked.

    I would be sooo excited if they opened a yoga studio by my house. I know what you're saying; anytime I sit on the floor to exercise or ANYTHING, I have at least one kid jumping on my back or moving to my lap.

  12. I've been meaning to try that recipe for a while. The rings look so wonderfully crispy!

    I hope you can find the Roastaroma tea, it's pretty tasty!

    Enjoy your me-time/yoga-time! :)