Stuffed Onion Rings

Stuffed Onion Rings |National Onion Associate

The sights and sounds of a county or state fair signify so many things coming together: sewing projects, livestock and horses trained for their big debut, and gardens at their peak for harvest. Visiting the fair is a great family-friendly outing that will help support young 4-H and FFA kids who worked hard on those projects! You can find some amazing talent on display at the fair, and we really encourage you to visit your local event!

In case you need a little extra incentive, you can ALWAYS count on delicious food at the fair like sweets, food on-a-stick, and, of course, fried!

The recipe we’re sharing today is simply genius in our book! We’re not sure why someone hasn’t thought of this sooner, but we give high marks to Janine Washle of CloverFields Farm & Kitchen in Kentucky for giving life to this Stuffed Onion Rings recipe!

Stuffed Onion Rings
Makes: 6

Vegetable oil
1 large sweet onion like Vidalia or Walla Walla

Onion Ring Batter:
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup tap water, sparkling water, gingerale, or beer

Center Filling:
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 large egg
2-1/2 Tbsp tap water, sparkling water, gingerale, or beer
1-1/4 cups chopped onions

1. Pour enough vegetable oil into a 10” cast iron skillet or other heavy pan to about 1/4” depth. Heat the oil over medium high heat until it shimmers.

2. Peel and slice onion to about 1/2” thickness. Be careful to cut straight down so the ring sits level in the pan. Carefully separate the outer large rings from the center. (I typically make 3 cuts yielding 4 onion slices).

3. Make the ring batter by combining flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium size bowl. Add water. Stir just to moisten all ingredients.

-Dip the outside of the onion rings in the batter. Place the battered rings in the hot oil. You may have to cook in batches if your skillet is smaller.

-Working quickly, make the center filling by adding the cornmeal, egg, water, and onions to the remaining ring batter.

-Spoon the center filling into each onion ring. Do not pack it down, but do spread it to the onion’s edges. Don’t overfill. The baking powder will make the filling expand as it cooks.

-Fry for 6-7 minutes. Check for a rich golden brown color then flip. You won’t have any problem with this since the batter has already set.

-Now fry the second side for about 5 minutes. Check it at the 4 minute mark just to make sure they are not over browning on the bottom. If you are nervous about doneness, sacrifice one and cut into it. It will have the texture of moist cornbread. The internal temperature should be 180-185 degrees if you use an instant read thermometer.

-Serve immediately. If that is not possible, keep warm in a preheated oven on a baking sheet lined with several thicknesses of paper towels.

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8 Easy Back-to-School Dinners

The start of a new school year is rapidly approaching. The lazy days of summer will end and schedules will get crazy. To help you avoid hitting the drive-thru line one too many times during the week, we rounded up 8 delicious back to school dinners that the whole family will enjoy. Added bonus- they’re easy to make and you can have them on the table quickly AND they include our favorite ingredient…onions!

back to school

Here they are:


Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Zucchini Rollups via Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice


French Onion Soup Au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs via Cupcakes & Kale Chips


Garlic Yogurt Baked Chicken via Diethood

Bruschetta Quinoa Casserole (3)

Bruschetta Quinoa Casserole via The Iron You


Spicy Italian Sausage and Peppers via Inspiralized


One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta via Apron Strings


Grilled Chicken Tostadas via Jeanette’s Healthy Living


Orchard Turkey Burgers via Iowa Girl Eats



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8 Ways To Enjoy Grilled Onions

Everyone knows summer is the perfect time to get as much use as possible out of your grill! Onions are super versatile and can be grilled a bunch of different ways so you can enjoy them all summer long without getting bored!

8 Ways To Enjoy Grilled Onions

Here are some delicious ways to cook onions on the grill!


Grilled Onion Blossoms with Red Pepper Aioli via Proud Italian Cook


Marinated Grilled Onions via Dine and Dish


Grilled Asparagus & Red Onion via Once Upon A Chef


Grilled Onions with Thyme & Cream via Proud Italian Cook


Grilled Onion Salad via My Gourmet Connection


Grilled Curry Shrimp Skewers with Onions via Cookin Canuck



Smoky Grilled Red Onions via Cooking On The Weekends


South African Cheese, Grilled Onion & Tomato Panini via The Kitchn

Do you love to grill onions? Share your favorite recipe with us!

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Outdoors with Onions: Savory Onion Oatmeal

Savory Onion Oatmeal

A warm meal is just what I need after a day of hiking. Despite how hot or strenuous the activity, there is something about the dark, cool atmosphere of the forest that makes a steaming plate of food even more delicious.

The best thing about this meal is how perfect it is for breakfast or dinner. Steel-cut oats are flavored with the savory spices of chili and garlic powders and brightened with fresh chives and basil. Sweet caramelized onions add a balance to the savory flavors. Plus, grain-based meals like this are always better when topped with a fried egg.

This whole meal can be made campside over a fire or on a grill. You’ll need two pans. I like cast iron the best, if those are too heavy to haul, lightweight camping cookware will also work.

Savory Onion Oatmeal

First, before you leave the house, or the night before you prepare them, soak your oats in one cup of water. This will help them cook more quickly once they are on the fire. Prepare the spices by mixing them together and packing them in a small baggie. You can do the same with the herbs and then chop or tear them before you garnish the oatmeal.

The onions will take the longest to cook. So get them started first. Once they are done, you can transfer them to another vessel and fry the eggs in the same skillet while the oatmeal cooks. Once it’s all together, you’ll have a hearty, comforting meal that is sure to boost your energy for another day of activity!

Savory Onion Oatmeal

 Yield: 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour


1 ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 cup steel-cut oats, soaked overnight in 1 cup water
1 ½ cups water
½ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon basil leaves, chopped or torn, if large


1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized to your preferences. The longer they cook, the sweeter they will be.
2. In a deep skillet or medium saucepan, stir together the soaked oats and 1 ½ cups of water.
3. Bring to a simmer over the heat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. The oatmeal will thicken and the grains will soften.
4. Stir in the salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder.
5. Transfer the caramelized onions to a plate or bowl and add the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter to the skillet.
6. Once melted, fry the eggs to your preferences.
7. To serve, place the eggs on top of each portion of oatmeal, add an equal amount of onions to each serving and garnish with chives and basil.

Savory Onion Oatmeal


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Outdoors with Onions: Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Curry Butter

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potato

Potatoes and onions are a camping food staple, but I like to add an original twist by using sweet potatoes. They tend to cook a little more quickly than Russets for me, and they are delicious when paired with sweet, tender onions and bold spices. In this recipe, a simple butter mixed with curry and garlic powders melts into the potatoes as they cook. It’s a big step up in flavor from the potatoes, onions and butter you might be used to.

This is a recipe that you can complete at home in your oven and warm up at the campsite, or you can cook the potatoes completely on the fire. You can also use just about any variety of potatoes, but large white potatoes like Russets will likely take about 15 more minutes to cook. Regardless of what potatoes you choose and how you cook them, this is a warm and filling meal that can be enjoyed alone or used as a side dish for grilled steak or pan-fried fish.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Curry Butter

4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes


Curry Butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt


4 large sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
4 squares of aluminum foil, about 12 x 12 inches
1 large yellow onion, halved and then sliced about ¼ inch thick
Extra sea salt and black pepper for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, if cooking the potatoes at home to warm up later.
2. In a small dish, stir together all ingredients for the butter and set aside.
3. Cut the potatoes lengthwise, leaving ¼ of the bottom of the potato intact. To make cutting and stuffing easier, pierce the potatoes in a few places with a fork and cook them in the microwave for about 2 minutes. You can do this step before leaving home if you plan to prep the potatoes at the campsite.
4. Once slit open, rub the potatoes with ½ teaspoon of olive oil each and then rub each one with ¼ teaspoon of salt.
5. Place each potato on a square of foil. Insert the onion slices into the slit of the potatoes, filling with as much onion as possible.
6. Use a spoon to top each potato with ½ a tablespoon of the curry butter.
7. Rub the top of the potato with the butter and get as much as possible into the slit and around the onions.
8. Wrap each potato tightly with foil.

Cooking method 1:

Bake for 45 minutes, until tender. When cool, pack in a chilled container. Once your campfire has burned for about 20 minutes, lay the wrapped potatoes in the coals and partially cover with coals. Let warm for 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful when opening the foil as hot steam can cause burns. Serve warm, sprinkled with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Cooking method 2:

Store the wrapped, uncooked potatoes in a chilled container. Let the campfire burn for about 20 minutes. Lay the wrapped potatoes in the coals and partially cover with coals. Cook for 45 minutes, until softened. Check a potato after 30 minutes because it is difficult to control the temperature of a campfire. If it’s hot, they may cook more quickly. Be careful when opening the foil as hot steam can cause burns. Serve warm, sprinkled with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


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Outdoors with Onions: Sweet and Smoky Onion Snack Mix

Savory Trail Mix via National Onion Association

There is no shortage of snack options when hiking and camping, but the one thing that most snacks have in common is that they are sugary sweet. You can only have so many energy bars and so much plain dried fruit before the idea of one more sweet bite is completely unappealing.

While the main goal may be to replace all the calories you are burning during your hike, it’s a much more pleasant experience if the food tastes good. I find that putting together my own snack mix allows me to get the right balance of flavors that I crave on the trail.

I also have a little secret ingredient that gives it an unexpected sweet and savory kick. Onions! While onions may not be the first thing you think of when creating a trail mix, trust me, you must give it a try. In this recipe tiny bits of onion are caramelized and stirred into a sweet and smoky mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

Savory Trail Mix

You can portion it into small containers and it will stay fresh for up to three days. It is a great option for hiking when you need to break out of boring snacks!

Sweet and Smoky Onion Trail Mix

Yield: About 2 ½ cups
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes


½ cup finely diced yellow onion
1 cup raw walnuts, halves or pieces
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup raw or roasted sunflower seeds
½ cup dried cranberries
1 large egg white
½ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon of chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Spread the onions in a single layer on the baking sheet.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring the onions every 2 to 3 minutes to prevent burning. The onions will begin to caramelize. Some will darken and other pieces will remain white.
5. Remove from the oven and let cool, and transfer to a small plate or bowl.
6. In a medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and cranberries.
7. In a small dish, whisk together the egg white, honey, salt and chili powder or smoked paprika. Whisk well for 30 seconds or until the egg white becomes frothy along the edges of the dish.
8. Pour the egg white mixture over the snack mix. Stir well to coat everything evenly. Stir in the onions.
9. Spray the same baking sheet you used to bake the onions with more cooking spray. Spread the snack mix in a single layer on the baking sheet.
10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The nuts should begin to brown and the mix should become dry and crumbly.
11. Remove from the oven, cool and transfer to an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Savory Trail Mix

Happy Hiking!

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Outdoors with Onions

Outdoors with Onions

Summer is here and for the next three weeks I’m inviting you to get outdoors with me and go beyond the grill. I’ve teamed up with recipe developer and nutritional scientist, Lori Rice for some trail-friendly and campfire-cooked foods that feature onions and I cannot wait to share them with you!

To kick-off this series I’m co-hosting a Twitter Party. We’ll be dishing about campfire cooking essentials and fails, trail mix, along with your favorite National Parks and hikes. Hope you can join us!

When: Tuesday July 7th at 2pm ET
Hosts: @Lori_Rice and @Onionista
Hashtag: #OnionsOutdoors


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10 Recipes for National Onion Ring Day

June 22 is National Onion Ring Day!

onion ring day


To make it easy for you to celebrate this delicious food holiday, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite onion ring recipes! Which one will you try?


Crispy Baked Onion Rings via Sally’s Baking Addiction


Double Crunch Sweet Maui Onion Rings via The Cozy Apron

BBQ Chicken Nachos with Buttermilk Onion Rings via How Sweet Eats


Tequila Battered Onion Rings via Life As A Strawberry


Sriracha Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings via Kirbie’s Cravings


Onion Ring Eggs via Tasty Kitchen


Everything Pretzel Baked Onion Rings via Oh, Sweet Basil


Quinoa Crusted Onion Rings via Cooking Quinoa


Crispy Onion Rings with Jalapeno Dip via Drizzle & Dip


Baked Onion Ring Dip via Dine and Dish

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12 Delicious Mexican Recipes


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up some of our favorite Mexican recipes to share with all of you! Enjoy!


Jerk Chicken Tacos with Peach Mango Salsa via Port and Fin


Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos via Kristine’s Kitchen


Steak Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream via Lovely Little Kitchen


Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Onion and Salsa Verde via Shared Appetite


Brie Quesadillas with Brussel’s Sprouts & Beer Glazed Onions via Domesticate Me


Smoked Gouda & Mushroom Quesadillas via Pinch of Yum


Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas via The Novice Chef Blog


Fajita Quesadilla via The Girl Who Ate Everything


Easy Beef Enchiladas via Recipe Girl


Sweet Potato Enchiladas via The Cookie Rookie


Mexican Pork Rolls with Caramelized Onions via Recipe Tin Eats


Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Bake via Cooking Classy

Do you have a favorite Mexican recipe that uses onions? Let us know so we can make sure to add to it our Pinterest boards!

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12 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast or Brunch

There’s no better way to start your day than with a delicious breakfast!



Here are 12 recipes featuring onions that would be perfect for breakfast or brunch!


Cheddar Onion Hashbrown Cups via Mom Foodie


Foo Foo Frittata via The Devil Wears Parsley


Shredded Potato Casserole with Ham and Eggs via Panning the Globe


Southwest BBQ Chicken Omelet via The First Year


Goat Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions via Foolproof Living

Potato Hash with Bell Peppers and Onions[3]

Potato Hash with Bell Peppers and Onions via The Comfort of Cooking


Turkey, Kale, Onion & Sundried Tomato Frittata via Table For Two


Breakfast Tartine with Balsamic Onions and Avocado via The Little Miss Chef


Onion Ring Fried Egg via BS’ in The Kitchen


Bacon, Caramelized Onion & Spinach Quiche via Foodography by Chelle


Spanish Eggs and Ham via She Wears Many Hats


Baked Eggs with Garlic Kale & Sundried Tomatoes via Nutrition Stripped

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