Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CEiMB - Oven Baked Squash Rings

Hosted by Meet Me In The Kitchen

I swapped out the onion for a zucchini and summer squash, just because I had them to use up! I really don’t particularly like to bread things, I think it adds unnecessary extra time and calories. But I was very impressed by this coating - it was full of crunch and gave a nice salty and spicy (may have used a tad too much cayenne) flavor.

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  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups baked potato chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet slightly with oil and set aside. Place potato chips in the bowl of a food processor and process into crumbs, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a shallow bowl, add cayenne, and set aside. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper and set aside. Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings, keeping only large, whole rings (reserve rest of onions for other uses). You should come out with about 12 to 14 rings.

Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, then add onions, and shake to coat. Dip onions 1 at a time into the buttermilk mixture, then dip into potato chip crumbs and place on baking sheet. Spray canola oil evenly over rings and bake for 20 minutes, or until coating is crisp. Season with salt, to taste, and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

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While at the grocery this week I was fortunate to find on mark down a dozen multi-colored roses for $3.00 and bouquet of gorgeous gladiolus for $1.00! The small vase is leftover flowers that were still healthy looking from last weeks mark down on a mixed bouquet.

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nick said...

"I think it adds unnecessary extra time and calories"

...yes, but it makes them taste great!

Only half serious there though, breaded/greasy foods tend to make me queezy, which is why I like these onion rings so much.

Nice grab with the flowers on the cheap!

nick said...


good idea on the squash. I never though of using the buttermilk/baked chip "breading" on anything else before for some reason. You have really opened up a whole window of opportunity with that...

Kelly said...

The squash rings look yummy!

Hooray flowers!

Special K said...

Oh! Flowers are so gorgeous! Do you love them? I would LOVE your comments about nourishment and my giveaway if you have the chance!

Heide said...

So brilliant to use squash in this recipe! Must try that myself. Yum!

Maria Salomon said...

I'll have to try the squash.....great idea!
Nice flowers!

Marthe said...

I made some with zucchini too, they tasted wonderfull!