Wicked Craving Wednesday: Onion Rings

012Wicked Craving Wednesday is back this week with a new recipe!  Once Lisa mentions a food more than once I know that it’s not just a passing whimsy and that the food needs to happen.  Onion rings made their way in to conversation more than one time last week.  Not just any onion rings but some delicious homemade baked onion rings by Oh She Glows.

Oh She Glows is one of my favorite websites for vegan recipes (I think I say that about them all but seriously, she has good stuff).  You can pretty much find any recipe you want on her website.  She’s also 32 weeks pregnant and sharing her journey on her blog.

I made this recipe two years ago but haven’t made it since…I can not think of a reason why except we just weren’t in the mood for onion rings…But now the onion rings call her name so I answered the call. Making onion rings also means a date with a BBQ tofu sandwich so I’ll also share an amazing BBQ sauce with you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2/3 cup flour of choice
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot flour)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (you can make your own bread crumbs by toasting slices of bread and then crumbling in the food processor)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, but recommended)
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 tbsp black sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried herbs (I used 1tsp each basil & oregano)

 Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Slice onion into rings, 3/4 inch in width (larger than shown in pictures as I made mine too thin), and reserve about 15-22 or so, wrapping up the leftovers for another use.

2. In a shallow dish, whisk together the batter ingredients (flour, broth, cornstarch).

3. In another shallow dish, whisk together the coating ingredients (cornmeal, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, salt, sesame seeds, garlic powder, and herbs).

4. With a fork, dip an onion ring into the batter, coating all sides. Now transfer it to the coating mixture and toss it around a bit. Use a clean & dry hand to scoop up coating and sprinkle it all over the ring. If at any time your hands get sticky or coated, simply rinse and dry before starting again. Place onion rings on prepared baking sheets and repeat for the rest. Don’t worry if things get messy or they don’t coat “perfectly”…just consider them rustic and call it a day! You will have coating leftover that isn’t used up.

5. Bake for about 18 minutes at 425F, flipping once after 10 minutes. You can broil them for a minute or two at the end to brown. Serve with your favourite dip or ketchup. These are best served immediately.

NOTES: None – I make this recipe per her directions and it comes out wonderfully!

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Having a good sandwich with your onion rings is essential! One our favorites is a BBQ Tofu Sandwich!  We start with a BBQ sauce that I found a few years back on LunchBoxBunch.com.  It’s a great on Gardein chicken strips, french fries, tempeh, etc…

Kathy’s Smoky, Sticky, Sweet BBQ Sauce
vegan, makes about 1 1/2 cups

4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp Black strap Molasses
2 1/2 Tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp lime or lemon juice
2 tsp Liquid Smoke (Have never put in liquid smoke)
*I like Colgin brand. It says it’s vegan on the bottle
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp spicy mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp organic tomato paste (I typically use tomato sauce)
1 1/2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
*thickens the sauce like corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper (I use about 1/4 tsp, 1 tsp is too much for me)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne (adjust for heat) (I put like a pinch 1/4 tsp of cayenne is A LOT!)

Click on the link above for directions but I always just put all of the ingredients in the Blender Ball and shake!

Don’t be scared to bake tofu or even pan fry it!  The most important thing to remember is to drain your tofu and then squeeze the water out.  I like to slice the tofu into thin rectangles.  We bake our tofu in the oven for around 30-45 minutes on 350 degrees.  You can lightly grease your pan with coconut oil or non stick spray.  Brush the tofu with BBQ sauce and bake.  Remembering to turn midway through baking to insure the tofu cooks evenly.  Apply more BBQ as needed!

Pile your tofu on the bread of your choice with some tomatoes, lettuce, and Veganaise – AND if you really want to kick up your sandwich a notch add some vegan cole slaw and one onion ring to your sandwich…you WON’T be disappointed!
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