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Whenever I am cooking anything, I can always count on Geoff to ask one of the two following questions "You're cooking that in bacon fat, right?" or "Where is the pie?" That pretty much sums up the boys' cooking philosophy. But then again, who doesn't love pork fat and butter fat? I sure do. I may even enjoy cilantro if it was fried in bacon fat and slathered with a butter sauce. But alas, I also enjoy (or tolerate on most days) my current waist size.
This is why weeknight dinners in our house are usually made by me and I do make a solid effort to prepare meals that are low fat and somewhat healthy. I have to counteract what we do to our poor bodies on the weekends. To that end, one of the cookbooks I use quite a bit is The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger and one of the many excellent recipes in her book is for Oven Baked Onion Rings. Her idea of coating the onions in crushed baked potato chips and then baking them is a really successful lower fat version of the fried onion rings that we all know and love.
Here is my version, which I have tweaked after making them many times.
Oven Baked Onion Rings
Recipe based on Ellie Krieger, Adapted by Sara at Imafoodblog.com
Yield 18 – 28 Onion Rings
Preheat the oven to 450F
As you saw in this picture, we did not eat only onion rings for dinner. I made some Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken from Cooking Light. The recipe can be found here. All I can say about this dish is, it was chicken. Nothing special.
I also made some Spaghetti Squash which I had never made before and it turned out great. I first read about Spaghetti Squash on Food Blogga. If you have never read Susan’s blog you should check it out. I can always rely on her for a good dose of food education and a diverse collection of recipes. This squash could not have been easier to make. I roasted the squash, scooped it out, and mixed in some butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. To quote Ina Garten – How bad can that be?