You know those crazy parents who get on school waiting lists before their kid is even born? Or the parents who scream at the basketball coach for not giving little Jimmy enough playing time? Or the parents who are constantly volunteering in the classroom. Hovering ?? Ya. Um. I totally see where it begins.
Our neighborhood K-8 school is first-come-first-serve, with only 100 Kindergarten slots available (60 being morning, which are the most coveted.) I’ve heard about people camping out for registration, long before the sun comes up. And naturally, I’ve made fun of these people.
But this past Friday night, Paul and four of our Dad friends, pitched their tents at midnight on the parameter of the school. He spent the entire night outside in the cold, so that our precious Haley, spawn of our loins, could get into Kindergarten.
We are officially part of the crazy club.
And since we crossed that line into Looneyville, I decided to carry it one step further – I made onion rings for dinner. Not with dinner. For dinner. I was emotionally spent, and just plain tired. And I just wanted…onion rings.
I was pleasantly surprised how great these turned out, considering they’re not fried. They’re light and crispy and the BBQ sauce coating provides plenty of flavor, eliminating the need for condiments afterward.
So we sat on the couch. And ate onion rings. And drank juice boxes. The kids were in Heaven. Haley turned to me and asked, “Mommy, when do we register Trevor for Kindergarten?” Tell me she’s not destined for a scholarship someday ;-)
Baked BBQ Onion Rings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
• 1 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 4 tablespoons flour
• 3 cups panko bread crumbs
• 2 medium to large sweet onions, sliced into 1/2-inch rings
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place two baking sheets in the oven and let those preheat too.
In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs and flour. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
Using tongs (or your fingers) dip onion slices in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake the excess off and then dunk on all sides into the bread crumbs. Lay flat on a cool service. Repeat the process with all the onion slices.
Remove hot baking sheets from the oven and spray lightly with cooking spray. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets. Spray the coated onions lightly with cooking spray.
Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden, then use tongs to turn each onion ring over. Spray the other side of the onions with cooking spray and bake for an additional 6 minutes. Watch closely to make sure the crumbs don’t burn.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.
(originally from Recipe Girl)