September 24, 2016

Bacon Onion Rings with Simple Sriracha Dip

French fries may be high in carbs, but I do not regard them as taboo. I save them for special treats — especially sweet potatoes fried in duck fat.

Onion rings require more caution. Traditional recipes contain wheat and gluten. Low-carb versions use coconut flour, almond flour, or crushed pork rinds in place of bread crumbs.

Enter Bacon Onion Rings with Simple Sriracha Sauce! Raw bacon is wrapped like a wreath around onion hoops. Thick-cut bacon yields rings that are more like a meal. Standard bacon (1/16 of an inch) creates rings that are light and crispy. Partnered with the dip, this appetizer is a novelty!

NOTE: Trader Joe's Sriracha Sauce contains 1 gram of sugar per teaspoon. The carbs will mount quickly, so I mix it with avocado oil mayonnaise for a healthy low-carb dip!

BACON ONION RINGS WITH SRIRACHA DIP


INGREDIENTS

THE RINGS
  • Several large onions. (You will only be using the outer rings, so estimate how many bacon onion rings you would like to make.) 
  • Thick or thinly sliced bacon without nitrites/nitrates — preferably sugar-free. (Thin slices will require about 1½ slices per ring; thick slices about 2½.)
THE DIP
  • Trader Joe's Sriracha Sauce
  • Avocado oil mayonnaise
  • Dried marjoram, parsley, or chives.


DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 275˚.
  2. Cut the ends off of the onion(s) and then slice the onion(s) in half across the equator.
  3. Slice each of those halves in half, cutting in the same direction. The rings need to be about ½ inch tall.
  4. Separate the rings by 2's. I use 4-6 outside rings, depending on the onion's size, reserving the rest of the onions for something else.
  5. Wrap each of the double rings with bacon. The bacon will cling to itself. Tuck the ends underneath the rings.
  6. Using a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil, you can place the rings directly on the foil or use a greased rack. Both ways work for me.
  7. Place rings in the oven and bake for 60-90 minutes. Thick bacon will require the full 90 minutes —  maybe less for thin bacon. 
  8. For crispier rings, place them under broiler for a few minutes at the end of cooking. Stay with them to prevent burning.
  9. The Sriracha Dip is a blend of avocado oil mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. The ration is 3 parts mayonnaise to 1 part sriracha sauce. Make as much as you need. Add a dried herb for more gusto.
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