Oven Baked Quinoa Onion Rings

onionrings

These onion rings aren't the kind you want to impress your hot date with. They're really for you to snack on guilt free when you want something salty and crunchy. I adapted this recipe from the lovely OhSheGlows website. This makes about 20 onion rings depending on the size of your onion.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large onion (I used Maui sweet onion)
  • 2/3 cup of flour of your choice
  • 2/3 cup + 1 T vegetable broth (I use Better than Boullon brand if I don't have fresh stock)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T black sesame seeds
  • 2tsp of herbs (I used parsley and basil)

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup aioli
  • 2 T Sriracha 
  • Squeeze of lemon

HOW TO:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment. Spritz with olive oil.
  2. Slice your onions into rings about 3/4" 
  3. In a shallow dish, whisk together dipping mixture - flour, broth, cornstarch, egg
  4. In another shallow pan, whisk together the dredging ingredients (cornmeal, breadcrumbs, quinoa, spices, yeast, and herbs)
  5. Dip an onion ring into the batter, coating all sides. Then into the coating mixture and press the coating in tightly into the ring. Place on baking sheet. Continue until all onion rings are covered.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through and giving them a spritz of olive oil.
  7. To make the sauce,  just mix all the sauce ingredients together and serve.