You can always tell at a restaurant whether their onion rings are made with real rings of onion, or whether they’re reconstituted out of onion mush. Real onion is undisputedly superior. I love it when the entire piece of onion comes out of the coating because you can’t bite through it (I need to sharpen my teeth!). These onion rings are real, they’re crispy, they’re flavourful, and they’re guilt-free, as they’re baked in  light breadcrumbs instead of being fried in heavy, greasy batter.
As with most of the recipes you’ll find on this site, these are really easy to make – just coat the rings of onion in a little egg, then the breadcrumb mixture, and then bake them. Easy peasy.
I’m never really sure when to eat things like this – I’m not much of a snacker, they’re obviously not a dinner, and having them for lunch would be pushing it a bit. I can only think of two times when onion rings are acceptable: at a party, or to accompany a burger. Please give me more ideas, because these were so easy and so tasty that I want to be able to make them more often than that!
I served these with a little of my easy garlic mayonnaise, but BBQ sauce or ketchup would be good too.

Guilt-free baked onion rings
Serves 2 
1 large onion
3tbsp shop-bought breadcrumbs
1tbsp grated vegetarian parmesan cheese
1tsp mixed herbs
Black pepper
1 egg
Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F).
Peel the onion and chop into thin slices. Separate each slice into its individual rings.
In a bowl, lightly beat the egg. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs, and season with salt and a lot of black pepper.
Dip each ring of onion in the egg, and then into the breadcrumb mixture. Lay on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
Serve warm with a pot of easy garlic mayonnaise.