This week's CEiMB recipe for Oven Baked Onion Rings was chosen by Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen. Have you seen Mary Ann's blog? She makes the most beautiful, inventive food, and her photography is stunning. I knew she'd hook us up with a great CEiMB pick! I had really high hopes for this one - I love onion rings and was hoping for a healthier version that would allow for more frequent indulgences. And this recipe is it.
The onions here are coated with buttermilk, salt, pepper, and a baked potato chip crumb/cayenne mixture. The cayenne definitely packs some heat; I might cut it down next time so I could breathe when I eat these. But we really loved them. They are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside - just like you want onion rings to be. These would be perfect with burgers, or really sandwiches of any kind. Keeper! Thanks Mary Ann!
A couple of weeks ago, another one of my favorite bloggers, MacDuff from Lonely Sidecar, chose lobster rolls for the weekly CEiMB recipe. MacDuff's writing and storytelling skills are phenomenal, and I know that whenever I visit her blog I'll come away with much more than just a good recipe for lobster rolls. Not that that wouldn't be enough. Well, while the conscientious Ellie-ites were posting their lobster rolls a couple of weeks ago, I was making but not posting them. I kind of figured that that ship had sailed, but I just got back in town from my sister's baby shower, and I dumped a couple of hundred pictures onto the computer, and I thought "what am I going to do with those lobster roll pictures if I don't post them?" So here we go.
This is another simple Ellie recipe - thank you for adding some much-needed simplicity to our lives, Ellie. Instead of the usual mayonnaise-laden lobster (or shrimp, which I used) salad, this one is made mostly with Greek yogurt (along with a little bit of mayo, celery, green onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper). Fill up some toasted hot dog buns with the salad, and you're done!
I'm not the world's biggest fan of shrimp/lobster salad in general, but I really did like these. They make for a quick, fun, and easy summer lunch or dinner. And as luck would have it, they'd be great with some onion rings!
Thanks for the great picks, Mary Ann and MacDuff!