If there's one food I get weak in the knees for it's Crispy Onion Rings. Last week at the farmers market they had sweet visalia onions. I bought a big bunch, came home to slice them into rings and made batch after batch of them. This is a recipe I've had on the site for years, but seeing those onions as I scoured the market for dinner inspiration I came head on with an old favorite. This rewind Wednesday is dedicated to the perfect weeknight side dish to a juicy burger for good ole times sake.
When I was a kid I loved onion rings. Whenever we went to Burger King they were a "must order". Biting through the crisp fried crust into tender sweet onions is definitely a cherished food memory of mine. Little did I know (or care) at that age, how unhealthy fast food was. Now that I'm a mom though, I'm doing my very best to avoid fast food at all costs!
It always shocks me that my son, Kenya, will eat both raw and cooked onions like they're candy. I can't tell you how many times he has picked raw onions as a snack over, say, raisins, but I guess that's why we all have different palates and tastes. I figured Kenya would love onion rings if given the chance, but since I'm not taking him to fast food joints any time soon, I tried making some at home for him using sweet onions. To keep them healthy, I tried baking them instead of deep frying the rings.
I have to say I was impressed with the results and Kenya was simply in heaven. I'm pretty sure the smile on he had on his face as he sat there munching away was the same one his Mommy had back when she was a little girl delighting in a much unhealthier version!