Last weekend, while out to dinner with the family at Whalburgers, I ordered a basket of onion rings. They were meant to be an appetizer for all of us, but I didn't share. Sliced thin and fried to a crispy perfection, they were unbelievably good. I'm a pizza guy at heart, so with my first bite, I instantaneously started thinking, onion ring pizza. A crunchy dough, made on our Steel, topped with a handful of crispy rings would surely make me happy. Not to mention, with all eyes on me and my empty basket, I knew I had to make it up to my family. Don't worry guys, onion ring pizza is on its way.
Like most of us, I don’t have a deep fryer available in my kitchen, but what I do have, is Fresh Chef Craig. We decided to bake the onion rings instead of deep frying. Less mess, which means easier cleanup. And maybe slightly healthier, but let's not go there. Make sure you double your batch because you’ll be eating more than you've planned...
3 whole eggs
8 oz. buttermilk
1 cup ap flour
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1 cup panko breadcrumbs
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extra virgin olive oil
1. Slice 1 large sweet onion into rings, preheat oven at 500 F with Baking Steel on top rack.
2. Soak in egg wash
3. Transfer to flour mixture
4. Soak in egg wash again
5. Transfer to bread crumb mixture
6. Remove from bread crumb mixture and place on a parchment lined sheet tray, bake for 6 minutes. Set aside.
Onion Ring Pizza
10-12 onion rings, recipe above
1 pizza dough (250 grams)
2 oz. no cook tomato sauce
2 oz. fresh mozzarella
1 oz. shredded fresh mozzarella
Extra virgin olive oil
1. Keep oven on at 500 F with Baking Steel on top rack.
2. Stretch or roll out dough to a 12 inch cylinder
3. Place dough on a floured pizza peel, switch oven to broil.
4. Sauce the top of the dough, leaving about 1 inch around perimeter.
5. Distribute fresh mozzarella on top. Remember, less is more.
6. Launch onto your hot Baking Steel and cook for 2 minutes.
7. Open oven and place onion rings on top with shredded fresh mozzarella. Switch oven back to bake at 500 F.
8. Bake for 2-3 more minutes, until desired doneness.
Remove, take a photo, slice and serve.