For you long time readers, you know I’ve been involved with the Crazy Ingredient Challenge for several months now. For those of you who do not know about it, it is headed by Jutta of Hungry Little Girl blog and she selects two ingredients not normally found together then we all have to come up with a unique dish using both. It’s been quite a challenge to say the least and some of the combos have left me thinking very hard about what to do.
November’s challenge was no exception. This month our two ingredients were gingerbread spice and onion. Yep, you read that right. What is Gingerbread spice anyway? It’s a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices. Here is the recipe I found on Food.com to make 1/4 cup of the seasoning.
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons ground ginger
1 Tablespoon allspice
1 Tablespoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon ground cloves
I’m sure you’re scratching your head wondering what you would do with both. Do I attempt a dessert? Do I make a sauce? A meat rub? My head was spinning!!!
Finally the light bulb went off *ding* and I had an idea. Since I love onion rings, I thought “why not?”
Adding the spice to the flour when breading the onion rings will give them a nice holiday feel. Perhaps start a trend of “Holiday Spiced Onion Rings.” I picked sweet Vidalia onions rather then a traditional yellow or red because I felt the sweeter onion would compliment the gingerbread spice well.
Gingerbread Spiced Onion Rings w/Dipping Sauce
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||40 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Side Dish|
- 1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice
- 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3 eggs (beaten)
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons gingerbread spice
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 Large sweet onion (cut into rings)
- cooking spray
Using sweet onions really compliments the gingerbread spice coating
This one was a huge challenge. I was concerned over how this would turn out and it turned out wonderful. I liked the flavor of the sweet onion and it even had a slight smokey flavor with the spice. The dipping sauce was unique and complimented it well. My good friend Penny who tries everything I make for this challenge said the dipping sauce left her no aftertaste or onion breath. She loved them too.
What did hubby think? He wasn’t all that sure about the sauce, but he sure loved the rings.
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