Paleo Onion Rings
Marla Sarris

Game Day Recipe: Paleo Onion Rings, Baked!

Who wants Paleo Onion Rings? *raises hand* I do! I do!

That’s why I’m adding these finger-lickin-good treats to my Paleo game day recipe roundup for the Super Bowl. :)

Paleo Onion Rings

Now, I had every intention of making a nice big bowl of onion rings but that’s tough to do when you have only one small onion in your pantry.

Paleo Onion Rings

I suspect the store had more but I live in Chicago and it’s freezing right now so…

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Paleo Onion Rings

I made do with one lonely red onion for this batch of baked Paleo onion rings.

Paleo Onion Rings

BUT what this onion lacked in proportion, it made up for in pigment. The bright purple {my favorite color of all, clearly :)} makes this treat tasty AND tempting by adding a punch of color.

Paleo Onion Rings

If you’re familiar with my Paleo diet recipes then you know I love me some onions (and garlic!) and I typically pick up around 4-6 onions every time I go shopping. But, again, I live in Chicago and it’s freezing which means no grocery runs.

Paleo Onion Rings

Actually, that’s not entirely true. We did stop at the grocery store on Sunday…along with every other resident of the city of Chicago apparently. ;)

Paleo Onion Rings

After waiting in line, with six beautiful onions in my basket, I realized that at the pace we were going I wouldn’t reach check out till the end of the week! That’s when I said goodbye to my sweet onions and went home empty-handed.

Paleo Onion Rings

BTW, if you have to shop on the weekends when the stores are packed, I have two words for you. Order online. So much easier.

Paleo Onion Rings

If this is what grocery shopping was always like, I could totally understand why people would hate doing it. Personally, I LOVE grocery shopping but I NEVER shop at peak hours and order as much as I can online.

Pro Tip: Shop during off hours, if you can.

Paleo Onion Rings

So, I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s almond meal. I will typically whip up my own nut meal when I need it. It’s as easy as pulsing a bunch of raw nuts in the food processor. A couple seconds later you’ve got yourself nut meal. But it sure is nice to have some pre-made flour ready to use on the fly and for those moments I enjoy Trader Joe’s almond (and now, cashew) meal.

Paleo Onion Rings

With my last onion and the brand-spankin-new bag of cashew flour calling my name in my pantry I decided to give Paleo onion rings a go! I also tested these with tapioca starch. The tapioca starch firmed up nicely but the seasonings didn’t blend as well as when I used the cashew meal, so I wouldn’t recommend you use it.

Paleo Onion Rings

You can serve these baked Paleo onion rings with some homemade ketchup, a garlic aioli, or use them as a garnish for a burger and call it a day.

Paleo Onion Rings

Game Day Recipe: Paleo Onion Rings (Baked!)

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion
  • 2/3 cup cashew meal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Directions Makes 35-40 Onion Rings

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Chop the ends off the onion, peel and slice the onion (larger than 1/4″ thick). Remove the rings and transfer the smaller bits to a dish for later use in a salad or dressing.
  3. Prepare the stations. I used my Pampered Chef coating trays but you can easily use a few glass dishes or bowls. In the first station beat your eggs until the yolks and whites are combined. In the second station combine the cashew meal, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. In the third station spread a layer of parchment across your baking sheet and let’s get dippin’!
  4. Dip the onion rings into the beaten eggs and using the fork for the egg station flip the onion so it’s equally coated. Transfer the dipped onion to the cashew mixture and use a new fork for the second station to flip and equally coat in the dry mixture. Then transfer the coated onion to the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Continue this process until your baking sheet is filled. Note: If you don’t let all the drips drop off before you move from the egg station to the cashew station your dry mixture will start to clump up fast and you will need to add more ingredients and start over. So be sure to let the drips drop.
  5. Bake the onions for 6 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 4 minutes. Transfer to the broiler for 30 seconds to a minute to brown and finish. Let the onion rings cool. They will firm up further if you let them sit. Patience, my dear.
  6. Enjoy! :)

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