Friday, August 31, 2012

Gluten-Free Friday: Ian’s Frozen Onion Rings

Onion rings are one of those indulgent foods that I always enjoyed out at restaurants.  The beer-battered onion ring tower over at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill was actually the very first dish I ever shared with my husband on our first date!  Romantic, I know, but I just couldn’t go there without ordering them.

Now beer-battered anything might be off the menu for me now at restaurants, but thanks to Gluten Hates Me’s tipoff about Ian’s fabulous frozen gluten-free onion rings, I have gotten to enjoy onion rings again, and it’s practically as easy as ordering them in a restaurant!

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Ian’s gluten-free onion rings are super crispy thanks to a cornmeal and cornflake crumb crust.  They bake up in less than 10 minutes in the oven, with a flip halfway through.  Bonus, a serving (about 5 rings) is just 130 calories and 6g of fat, which I am sure is way lower than the deep-fried restaurant versions!

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As you can see on the left of the photo above, a couple of mine got very dark.  Normally when we make any kind of frozen potato product in the oven, we end up going for the maximum time on the package to get the level of crisp we like.  Not the case with these onion rings – I definitely recommend starting at the minimum time and keeping a close eye on them towards the end.

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I found them at Whole Foods in the open freezer down the center of the freezer aisle.  The bag contains about 5 servings and was priced at $4.39. 

Thanks again, Marlow, for spreading the word!

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