Onions never tasted so good! You don't need a greasy deep fryer for these bad boys. The perfect side for a lettuce wrapped burger or an evening snack!
1pound sweet onion(1 large)
1/2cup tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
4egg whites(don't use the liquid ones in a carton)
2cupsfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel onion, rinse it and pat dry. Slice off the root and stem ends and slice the onion into circles 1/2-inch thick. Separate the onion into rings by gently pushing through the center of each slice.
Place tapioca starch or arrowroot powder in a quart- or gallon-sized plastic Ziploc bag. Stir parmesan cheese, paprika, and garlic powder together in a small mixing bowl. Place about a fourth of the parmesan mixture into another Ziploc bag. (Later, when the cheese coating gets soggy and is almost gone, you will get a clean bag and add more of the Parmesan blend from your mixing bowl.)
Place two egg whites into a bowl. Use a fork to beat the egg whites until they are a little frothy.
Set up an assembly line from left to right with your onion rings, the tapioca starch, the bowl of egg whites, the bag of parmesan coating, and baking sheet that has a wire mesh cooling rack placed on it. Have three forks ready: one for the tapioca starch, one for the egg whites and one for the cheese coating.
To dip, place an onion ring or two into the bag of tapioca starch, hold the bag closed, and shake it a bit until the onion ring is coated inside and out. Use a fork to lift it out, shaking off excess starch into the bag.
Drop onion ring into the egg whites. With your egg white fork, scoop the egg whites over and inside the onion ring to coat it. Lift the ring out of the egg whites, letting any excess drip off.
Next, transfer the onion ring to the bag of Parmesan coating. Close the bag and shake it until the ring is coated inside and out. Use your Parmesan fork to lift out the onion ring and shake off excess cheese into the bag.
Place your coated onion ring onto the rack in your baking pan. Continue the process until all rings are coated.
Bake the onion rings for 11-14 minutes, or until they are crispy and reddish golden.