These scrumptious onion rings are a much healthier version than their traditionally fried counterparts, but they are definitely just as delicious, if not better, in my opinion.
1 large sweet onion
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs (use gluten free Panko bread crumbs for gluten free onion rings)
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup flour (If using whole wheat flour, add 2 tablespoons extra water & use gluten free flour for gluten free onion rings)
Olive oil for spraying
Preheat oven to 450 F
In a small bowl mix together bread crumbs, cornmeal, salt, parsley, basil, paprika, and cayenne. In a separate bowl make a batter by mixing together the water and flour. Cut one onion into rings 1/3 inch thick and separate. Using a fork dip the onion rings into the batter and then coat them with the bread crumb mixture. Place on lined baking tray. Spray the onion rings with olive oil or use a pastry brush and dab a small amount of oil onto the rings. Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes, flipping the onion rings half way through.
Serve plain or with your favorite dip!