It was one of those weekends where I had too much to do, and not enough days off – not to mention the rats… no, really, RATS! Wine was a must! Does it go with burgers? Do you pair with red, or rose? Hmmm. I don’t think I care. #cuecork

Low carb (lettuce-wrap) grilled burgers are our go-to “I don’t want to cook” dinner. Great after a busy day with a long list of honey-do’s. Easy. Low Carb. Tasty. Who needs a bun anyway?! Also, in Seattle, any day that is not raining means turn on the grill!

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Low Carb Lettuce Wrap Burgers & Crispy Baked Onion Rings w/Memphis Style BBQ Dipping Sauce

Rat Alert!

You know how you start one project, and another one suddenly appears? That was my weekend. I just wanted to put a cable box in the back office bedroom. Simple. That’s it! Is that too much to ask?

Congratulations, Universe. You win. Rats in the attic. #yougottabekiddingme.

We were hooking up the cable for the new outlet, and found rat ‘tracks’ both in the attic and in the crawlspace below the house. After walking around checking the integrity of the house, we found that the wee little invaders had chewed holes in the vent screens gaining access. SOOOOOOO grrroooosss! Ew. Ew. Ew!

Mark and our contractor friend, John, repaired the rat super-highways, and set traps to catch the darn things. Now I sit in paranoia that I’m going to hear a trap snap. I’m mortified to kill another living creature, but they cannot stay here!

By the way, I need to have a talk with our fierce protector, Moxie. She is not earning her keep!

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Okay. Enough with the gross-ness. Pour another glass of vino, and let’s make some rings.

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

I had a Costco-sized bag of onions in my pantry, so I grabbed a couple to throw together some onion rings to go with the burgers. This isn’t as much work as you think. When you bake them, they’re painless. I promise!

This recipe is the result of my mash up of other recipes I’ve worked through over the years. Some were too complicated, some were not crunchy enough. This one is where I settled as ‘just right.’

First, cut your onions into 1/2″ ringed slices. I used Walla Walla Sweet Onions, because I just love them. Put them in a large mixing bowl. Cover with warm water and set aside. I let them sit for an hour or so – while I worked on that wine!

Next set up your breading station and bread your raw onion rings. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this one! LOL. Still new!) Onions > flour > egg mixture > Panko > baking sheet. I call myself process-oriented. My friends say I’m OCD, but the assembly line approach works well for me.

TIP: Keep one hand for dry breading, and one hand for wet breading, switch as you go and you won’t make a paste on your fingers!

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Spray your onion rings with cooking spray before baking. This way they get crispy, but not greasy. You have control of this… I don’t like oiliness, so I keep it rather light, and I swear they are plenty crispy, even with a light touch.

In my oven, I baked at 425F for about 15 minutes on one side, until I started seeing light brown tops on the rings. Then, turned them over with tongs, and baked for another 5-ish minutes.

Salt to taste and serve immediately! Try them with your favorite sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. I can’t get enough!

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

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You’ll never miss old-school fried rings with this lightened up, crispy, baked version.


Credit: hummingthesnail.com

Ingredients

  • 2 large Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups Panko-style bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Slice onions into 1/2-inch wide rings. Place all the rings into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Set aside for 30 mins+.
  3. Create your breading station.
  4. (1) Bowl #1: Flour (2) Bowl #2: whisk together egg whites and mayonnaise (I know it’s weird, but it works!) (3) Bowl #3: Mix Panko crumbs with Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  5. Tap the water off the onions and put them through the breading stations, making sure to coat completely every ring.
  6. Spray the top of your rings with cooking spray. Lightly is fine, you’ll get plenty of crunch.
  7. Bake for 15 mins on one side – until the tops start to brown. Turn them over and bake for another 5-10 minutes and the rings reach that magical toasted brown color.
  8. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Question of the Day?

I’ve been thinking about buying an air fryer… Do you have one, and what’s your recommendation?