Mar 13, 2011

Low Fat Baked Onion Rings




Crispy and light with no greasy mess. Great as a snack or a perfect side dish to a nice juicy burger!

When I was a kid, I loved onion rings with my burger, but never loved that greasy after-taste. Baking them with a blend of Panko, cornflake crumbs and breadcrumbs gives these a fabulous crunch without all the fat.

If you can't find cornflake crumbs you can make your own by pulsing corn flakes in the food processor. The best way to bread them so the breading doesn't fall off is to avoid using your fingers, instead use tongs to take them out of the breadcrumbs.

Note: I was left with 2/3 of the crumb mixture and 2 cups of the buttermilk after these were done, which I deducted from the nutritional values.





Low Fat Baked Onion Rings
Adapted from Life as a Lofthouse
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 1 pt Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 74.7 • Fat: 0.6 g • Carb: 14.7 gFiber: 1.6 g Sugar: 1.7 g
Protein: 2.9 g  
 

  • 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 2 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
  • salt to taste 
  • olive oil baking spray (I used my Misto)

Place slices of onion in a shallow dish. Pour the buttermilk over the top and let them soak for about 1 - 2 hours, refrigerated.



Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Combine panko, bread crumbs and corn flakes and place half of the crumbs in a large dish, season with salt. Reserve the rest for when the first batch is used up. This should help avoid clumping and they should stick better to the onions.



Dip each soaked onion ring into the crumb mixture; coat well. Place rings onto two cookie sheets. Lightly spray with oil. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

168 comments :

  1. Can't wait to try these! They look delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  2. Wow, great pics. Looks so delish

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  3. These look amazing!! And for only 2 PointsPlus, I'm going to have to try these sometime soon!

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  4. Yummy! I'm going to make them this week!

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  5. Does it matter what kind of onion you use? I'm guessing probably sweet onion, but I have a red onion in my cupboard...

    BTW, congrats on the big steps you're taking. Love the site and can't wait to see more.

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  6. How do you know how much to deduct for the leftover ingredients?

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  7. Nice!! you sure know what I would add to this :)

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  8. Those look absolutely amazing!

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  9. Since I've found and followed the recipes on your site, my husband thinks I'm a better cook. 12 pounds down and family meals have never been better. Words cannot describe what a lifesaver you've been.

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  10. Ms Journalist3/14/11, 6:37 AM

    Wow, I just happened to glance at this. When I saw it was 2+ I couldn't believe it. Adding it to the menu this week.

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  11. Hi,
    I love your website, but some of your ingredients are not available here (Ireland). Can you tell me what are Panko breadcrumbs.... is Panko a brand name? Would ordinary breadcrumbs work?

    Also while I'm asking questions, can you please tell me what Graham crackers are.... we don't have them here but we may have some alternative?
    Many thanks for your help :)
    Ashley

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    1. You could probably find Panko type of breadcrumbs at an Asian market. I don't believe it's a brand name. They're different than regular bread crumbs. As for graham crackers, I am pretty sure they're not available in the UK, so probably not in Ireland either. You could probably use digestive biscuits...

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  12. The serving size says 1\2 is this 1\2 a cup

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  13. how many rings would you say would = 2 pts....?

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  14. My husband will be so excited when I make these. As always, thanks for sharing a lightened recipe of a classic!

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  15. Thank you all! They are a little time consuming but so worth it. Putting the crumbs in a ziplock bag might make this quicker.

    Panko crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs, they are crispy and airy and perfect for baking to achieve the fried effect. If you can't find them regular bread crumbs should work fine.

    Serving size is 1/2 of the recipe. It's hard to say how many rings, that depends on how thick you cut it but it's basically half an onion. I got 2 baking trays out of this, so it's one tray.

    I used yellow onions, I'm sure they would be great with any onion.

    Ashley, graham crackers are biscuit like cookies, you could crush any low fat cookie in the food processor instead of graham crackers to use as a crust.

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  16. Ashley, when I was last in England, I was trying to make a pie crust using graham cracker crumbs but could not find them. My friend told me that she uses Ginger Nut biscuits and crushes them. It is a slightly different taste but a similar consistency (and I love ginger!).

    I can't wait to try these!

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  17. This looks yummy! In other recipes, I often read that buttermilk can be substituted by milk + vinegar. Do you think this would work in this recipe as well? We're a household of only two and I wouldn't know what to use the leftover buttermilk for! Thanks!

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    1. Use the leftover buttermilk to make more of these!

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    2. use the leftover buttermilk for pancakes!

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    3. Yes, it would be fine :) I've done this myself as I don't often use buttermilk. Just made some muffins with this ratio and it turned out fine!

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  18. These look yummy! Can't wait to try them.

    Ashley, digestive biscuits are the closest thing to graham crackers.

    Anne

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  19. Janne, not really sure! You could make scones with the leftover buttermilk, that's what I always do!

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  20. Oh boy, the guys in my house will be thrilled! I might even eat some!

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  21. I have to say that I just stumbled across your blog about a month ago and I have been making something off of it everyday!! I love onions rings but never have them and now.... I'm soooo excited to try these. Thanks so much for all of your posts, they really made a difference on our dinner table!!

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  22. Since I don't have corn flakes in the house, is there anything else I can substitute for them? I've got to try making these for dinner tonight - they sound delicious!

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  23. Yes!!! Could not possibly be more excited about this one! I was just recently looking for a low fat onion ring recipe and I was really disappointed with my findings! Looks like I know what I'm having with dinner tonight! Thank you!

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  24. jmj- Fiber one or bran flakes would work instead.

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  25. I can't wait to try this! Your recipes are making it sooo much easier to lose weight and to feed my family fabulously healthy meals! Thank you for for all that you do!

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  26. I love love love your recipes. My boyfriend thinks I'm a fabulous cook thanks to your recipes!

    I always have a little difficulty cutting even onion rings. Any advice on how to cut 1/4 inch onion rings that are even?

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  27. Those look amazing! I'm making them this weekend!

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  28. ooo yum those look soo good! I made the macaroons and they were really yummy, thanks again for the recipe :)

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  29. Tinibee, I just cut them with a very sharp knife and do my best to keep them even.

    I hope you all enjoy them!

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  30. Hi there Gina!

    This is such a great recipe. The other day a friend of mine was making onion rings and I knew that it was full of greasy fat and although I tried a few...those exceptions can lead to regret!

    This a great way of cutting out those saturated fat with well planned ingredients.Thank you so much for sharing this. I love the idea of the cornflake crumbs! Something that I will definitely share with friends and family.

    Take care

    Michael

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  31. Are you serious!!! 74 kcal for a whole portion, wow that's like nothing. I want it, I love onion rings but regular ones are way too fat.

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  32. Since I couldn't find Italian whole wheat crumbs, I got the regular ones and go the whole wheat Panko instead. Hope it doesn't make too much of a difference.

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  33. I just found your blog a few days ago and LOVE it! I'm new to dieting, I never had to worry about it til I hit 40...ugghhhh. I made the chicken potpie soup the other day, it was so good and really filling!

    Thank you for all these great recipes!

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  34. I just made these for dinner and for the life of me, I COULD NOT get the breadcrumbs to stick to the onions. I did soak the onions in the buttermilk for a couple of hours and then used tongs to dip them in the bread crumbs. When that didn't work I used my hands to "really get into it." When THAT didn't work, I tried dipping them in egg first. It still wasn't sticking very well. Any suggestions???

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    1. I had the same problem-- only the first few looked like the picture-- the rest were a clumpy mess. I will try to use a bag next time! We fry a lot in Louisiana and everyone can bread just about anything so I'm not giving up!

      BTW-- buttermilk is delicious... I never tried it before.

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  35. FINALLY! A crunchy recipe for WW that does NOT call for Fiber One cereal (just not a fan of that stuff!)! Thanks!
    -Erin P.

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  36. You can freeze buttermilk. I put one cup in a zip lock bag and lay it flat on a cookie sheet and put in freezer. After it is frozen, you can stack the bags easily and just pull one out when you need it. I have done this for years.

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    1. this comment just saved me so much future money! i ALWAYS end up throwing some out. THANK YOU!!!

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  37. It's so weird, I'm not sure why they wouldn't stick. Although some crumbs did fall off mine, for the most part they stuck as you can see in the photos. I did use the back of a spoon to take them out of the crumbs and gently place on the dish. Touching them with my fingers resulted in the crumbs falling off.

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  38. Carol, what a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

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  39. This recipe is wonderful. I used two large sweet onions(not sure if they were valdalia)
    After the onions rings were cooked I dipped a sliced boneless skinless chicken breast the same way in the leftover buttermilk and crumbs.
    I put the onions and buttermilk in a zip lock bag for easy clean up. All was great. Chicken picked up a little of the onion flavor.

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  40. YUM! These look delicious...all they need is a little BBQ sauce!

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  41. Oh forgot to put this in my post: The parchment paper is really important, noting sticks and easy clean up..
    I really don't want to be "anonymous"
    What is the URL or how do I put my name in?
    Thanks

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  42. thanks so much for this. I love onion rings and now can eat without guilt.

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  43. I didn't have corn flakes, so I crushed up some Fiber One. This is a GREAT recipe...thank you!

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  44. We just made this tonight. It takes a little time, but they were better than I thought. Thank you so much!

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  45. hi !
    I tired these tonight and they where great ! I couldn't find buttermilk (and have the same problem of not knowing what to do with the rest) so used 2% milk with vinegar. Was great, although did have a bit of an issue getting the crumbs to stick.... (the smaller piecies stuck better), but still very good, my hubby loves onion rings, and said this recipe was a keeper !
    Panko crumbs (in Ontario, Canada) are found in the international food ailes !

    thanks for all the good recipies !

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  46. Made this tonight! It was super good and satisfying, we use a powdered fat free buttermilk that is made by mixing the powder with water and that worked well and keeps a lot longer since I don't use buttermilk that often. Just curious how do you bread them and keep the beading from clumping up, about halfway through it wouldn't really stick anymore?

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  47. Seriously, I cannot thank you enough for this! I've found that since starting WW, onion rings are my biggest vice. I love them so much that I will eat a light lunch just to indulge on a few at dinner. Now I won't have to go without.

    Thanks for all of your recipes- they have seriously made an impact on the way I cook and my lifestyle.

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  48. Wow!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put together healthy recipes. I made these last night and they were delicious. I can now have onion rings as often as I like because they are only 2 pts!!!

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  49. I am so excited about finding this recipe that I might just cry! Ok maybe that's a little over dramatic, but oh my gosh it has made my day!!!

    I love onion rings, but I also hate the greasy aftertaste. I bought some yesterday for the first time in almost a year, but like usual I pulled the onion out of the shell because of how greasy it is.

    Also contributing to making my day even better is how many people who have commented said that your recipes helped them lose weight! Now I'm super excited to look at all your other recipes!

    :] Thanks so much for posting this!!

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  50. Quick question! I was making these tonight and saw how high my panko bread crumbs were...and that surprised me. They say they are 2.5 fat, 19 carbs, 0 fiber, 2 protein = 3 points for 1/4 cup...I followed the recipe exactly but when I calculated all the points I come up with 7.5 points per serving....any advice on what I did wrong or if I miscalculated? I should just add all the points up and divide by 2 to get my points per serving right? Thanks!

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  51. I really would like to make these but I can't have buttermilk bc i'm lactose intolerant- do you have any suggestions on a substitution? I haven't been able to eat onion rings in year bc I can't have food high in fat- I want to eat these so bad!!!

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  52. I made these last night! YUM!

    I did substitue egg beaters for buttermilk and they soaked just fine and the coating stuck well and crisped up wonderfully.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  53. Yeah Yeah I am making these tonight. I can't wait. Thank you Gina.

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  54. So I could use egg whites instead of buttermilk, Mia? (I live in Europe, we don't have egg beaters.)

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  55. I was thinking of doing the same thing with my leftover buttermilk, only I didn't have any chicken. Thanks for sharing!

    I don't think regular bread crumbs effects the points if you don't have whole wheat.

    Jayme, I used Ian's brand. They are 0 fat, 15 carbs, .5 fiber, 2 protein. Again, since I threw out most of the crumbs, I deducted what I didn't use. That's probably why yours are coming so high.

    Thanks Mia for letting everyone know it worked great with egg beaters or egg whites (same thing)

    Thanks for all your helpful comments!

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  56. Thanks! I made them anyway and they were delicious!! I have been making a lot of your recipes, thank you so much for posting so many great ideas! My boyfriend and I are doing weight watchers together and he has lost 20 lbs and I have lost 10, we made your chicken quesadillas last night!

    We had trouble getting the crumbs to stick and I have no idea how much stuck and how much didn't...but we loved them! Thanks again :)

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  57. These looked SO good, I just had to try them. However, I had to make the buttermilk (milk+vinegar), crused Rice Chex (since out of cornflakes, and had no bread crumbs (just shook Italian seasoning in crumb mixture). Mine didn't soak but about 1 min.! Made in toaster oven just for me. They were DELICIOUS!.

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  58. Tasted good, but had the same problem as others, did about a quarter of them and then the breading wouldn't stick to the onions. I let them soak for an hour and a half.

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  59. I'm going to lighten up this CopyKat recipe for Outback's blooming onion sauce with low fat mayo and dip these!

    http://www.copykat.com/2009/05/18/outback-steakhouse-dipping-sauce-bloomin-onion/

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  60. I'm glad you clarified what "1/2" meant, because I instantly thought you meant one serving was half of an onion ring...

    and that deeply saddened me before my brain kicked in and realized that was impossible. :)

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  61. Catherine, oh my, I have to be more clear next time.

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  62. Made these as a side dish withe the pork chop and shallots recipe, they were awesome! I did find that the first bunch that I dipped in the breadcrumbs stuck good, but then once it got a little moist in the bowl it stopped sticking. But it worked out fine and they were great.

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  63. BlessedMommaOf43/21/11, 6:34 PM

    I was wondering if you still have you use just egg whites, do you have to still let them sit for an hour? I want to make them! I'm so excited that I found this recipe! THANK YOU!

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  64. BlessedMommaOf43/21/11, 6:36 PM

    Let me clarify...sorry didn't reread it. If you use egg whites instead of buttermilk, do you still soak the onions in it for an hour?

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  65. Made these tonight and they were great! I used 1/2 c panko, 1/2 c cornflakes and sprinkled in dry italian dressing mix. Made my own buttermilk w/ lemon juice and 1% milk. Crumbs didn't stick well to onions. Will crush finer next time. So YUMMY!!

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  66. I had the same problem with the crumbs towards the end. If you make more than one onion, you'll have to toss the crumbs and make a fresh batch of crumbs to prevent this.

    Blessedmomma, no need to soak if using egg whites.

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  67. Dinner tomorrow night. So glad to find a light recipe for my favorite guilty pleasure

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  68. Tried these last night loved them!!

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  69. YUM! Just made these for dinner and they were so good! I used just whole wheat bread crumbs for the breading and egg whites instead of buttermilk and it work just great.

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  70. This looks so good! I tried it last night but my crumbs wouldn*t stick at all when I used egg whites. I*m not counting this recipie out though, I*m going to try again with the Buttermilk because I LOVE Onion Rings!

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  71. Ashley, oh darn! It's weird, somethimes I have issues with sticking, other times I don't. But I was very careful handling these when thy came out of the crumbs. I didn't use my fingers.

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  72. Had these for supper last night. I loved them ! They had the perfect crunch and flavor. Thanks for all your great recipes Gina

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  73. I made these tonight...what a great Friday night treat!!! They are crunchy and delish and guilty free!!! Next time I make them I'll put only part of the crumb mix in the baggie at a time, because mine got too wet after a few rings, so wouldn't stick to the other rings.

    Out of curiosity, what is the purpose of soaking the onions in buttermilk? Does it make the onion milder?

    love, Love, LOVE your site. Thanks for your creativity!!!

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  74. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I am on weight watchers and when I got to put some of your recipes in the recipe builder the points you say it is are way off.....I like your sight, but its a little disappointing when I enter all my ingredients in and find that its not even close to what your Points + number was, for example these are 7 points plus when I put it in the WW recipe builder, but yours says its 2 Points +. Do you have weight watchers and thats how you get the points value? I'm just wondering why mine is so off when I follow the ingredients exactly.

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  75. Absolutely delicious! I made extra crumb coating and separated into thirds, it helped when the crumbs absorbed too much moisture. I cycled through and it was great. My seven year old loved helping, too!

    I used a large sweet yellow onion, and cut large rings. Served with a small sirloin steak and green beans. Didn't miss the potato at all!

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  76. Amanda- At the top of my post I wrote "Note: I was left with 2/3 of the crumb mixture and 2 cups of the buttermilk after these were done, which I deducted from the nutritional values" It sounds like you are counting them in your points, you shouldn't be. I never count something I don't use, same with marinades.

    Sandy, no idea! I found the recipe and it sounded good to me!!

    Kimberly, OOH, love the idea of having these with steak!!

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  77. CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE THE BUTTERMILK FOR A LIGHTER MILK?

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  78. You can make your own buttermilk with fat free milk if you wish.

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  79. I doubted how these would turn out once I was making them, since the breadcrumb mixture didn't stick all that well to my onions. However, even with the amount that did end up on them, they were really good! I will definitely be making these again.

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  80. Kimberly just read your comment, that was very smart!! Great advice for those making more.

    Thanks Lauren!!

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  81. I don't have a food processor. Would it work to place the corn flakes in a bag and crush with a rolling pin?

    Also, what sticks better? Egg beaters/egg whites or buttermilk? I'm making these for a family gathering on Friday... Thanks! -Michelle

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  82. I had a such a problem with these! I soaked my onion in the butter milk but when I dipped them in the panko mix they didn't stick! The mixture was saturated with the buttermilk and became crumbly.

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  83. I made these twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly, and my breadcrumbs stuck okay, but they fell off as soon as we picked them up to eat them. The second time, I did a couple of things differently. I pulsed all three of the breading ingredients in my food processor (I found the finer breadcrumbs stick better). Then, when I took them out out the buttermilk, I dipped them in flour, shook them off, and redipped in buttermilk...then I dipped them in the breadcrumbs. I'm sure this made them a little less healthy, but probably nothing too terrible. They stuck much better and were crispier and stayed together better. Either way, they were delicious!!

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  84. Made these finally last night. They were good, we ate them, but if push came to shove I like a good deep fried onion ring! Not that eat them anymore!! ;D

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  85. Just made these and they are great! I'm picky when it comes to healthy recipes. I don't think you have eat something yucky in order for it to be good for you. Thanks Gina!

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  86. These were pretty good. I think I would try them again with a few changes suggested by others...dividing the breadcrumb mixture so that I could dump/refresh half way through (mine became pretty wet and clumpy with buttermilk and wouldn't stick to the onions after a few rings). I also like the idea of combining all the dry ingredients in a food processor first.

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  87. Yum! I used some pre-sliced onions that I found at the store but I won't do that again. They were too thin and hard to bread. BUT...These were the perfect treat!

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  88. These have a really nice crunch to them! I am all about the texture and these are very satisfying.

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  89. Gina, This is the first time I have ever posted a comment on any of the sites I frequent, but I had to tell you your recipes are fabulous!! Each one I have tried has been wonderful. Thank you so much for all the healthy and delicious recipes.

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  90. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  91. I could not get mine onion ring crispy but they taste good. I even tried putting them under the broiler and with no sucsess.

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  92. These are SO good! After coating a few, we had the same problem of the crumbs not sticking well. We also dipped in buttermilk, then lightly in flour and again in buttermilk before coating with crumbs. Both ways tasted great, but the second way had more crunch to them. Will definitely be making them again.

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  93. Yum yum yum yum.... no more will i long for the days of being able to get onion rings at fast food... these are way better anyways!

    I LOVE all of your recipes that I have tried so far... and have gotten several other friends following the site now! (especially since WW has helped me shave 16 pounds off and people are asking what is helping!)

    Thank you for all of your hard work on our behalf!

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  94. Absolutely delicious!!!! I can't believe how great these taste for the low points. My husband loved them too.

    I too had a problem with the crumbs sticking. They were sticking fine for the first half while the crumbs were still dry. But then they got wet and started clumping and would not stick at all so I only got half a recipe. I think next time I will just use part of the crumbs at a time to keep them from getting all wet.

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  95. I've been doing the same thing! Works much better, I should update this in the instructions.

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  96. Gina - you've done it again... Seriously, these are as good, if not better than any onion ring I've ever had. And this is without soaking them for the 1-2 hours in the buttermilk, I just didn't have time.

    An awesome snack, or a side for burgers.

    Thank you for another great recipe.

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  97. I made these last night, fantastic!!

    I substituted 3 eggwhites for the buttermilk and it worked out wonderfully, I had no problem getting the breading to stick. I also made sure my breading was extra fine by crushing it in a ziplock with a rolling pin, I'm sure this helped.

    Great recipe, thank you Gina! My sister declares these better than normal onion rings!

    I blogged my experience, here's the link:

    http://fatfatalefashion.blogspot.com/2011/06/food-files-last-nights-snack.html

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  98. As soon as I saw this recipe, I had to make it. Since my husband has to eat gluten-free, I used several gluten-free products, but didn't matter, they were delicious! I must say they did not look like the picture, but I'm sure they would have using the recipe as is. Thanks so much for these wonderful recipes, you are a lifesaver.

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  99. Hi Gina!!

    I've commented before, but finally made a display name for myself. I just made these last night and they were delish!! My boyfriend, who likes deep fried everything, loved them, too. I made them on the side of the Skinny Sloppy Joe recipe you also posted. It was a wonderful, weight watcher friendly dinner.

    Thanks so much for making it much easier for me to stay on program!

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  100. Glad you all liked them!

    Gina, glad you made a display name, your name will be hard for me to forget :)

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  101. DELICIOUS. totally satisfied my craving and didn't make me feel guilty!

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  102. Love these. I did not have cornflakes so I used double the whole wheat crumbs. Worked fine. I think if people don't soak these for enough time that might be why the crumb mixture doesn't stick. I had no problem and soaked them for 2 1/2 hours. Also was very careful to use a tong for removing from the crumbs. I put my crumbs in a pie pan so they were easier to get out. Thanks for the great recipes.

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  103. Glad they worked, yes using your fingers will make the crumbs fall off so even a chop stick would work.

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  104. I made these (again) last night and they FINALLY looked a lot like the picture! I took several of the tips and combined, which I think was the key! I used the lemon/milk mixture to marinate Vidalias and then when it came time to breading, I drained the marinate into another bowl from the onions. I then did the dredge in flour...back to milk...into crumbs thing (using a fork). It worked great. I also food processed everything together so the crumbs were really fine, I think that was also a key thing. I actually baked them a little slower at 400 and then cranked it to 425 for the last few minutes. I'd had problems with them getting too crisp too soon before, so this made me feel like I had better control of that. We ate the Outback Sauce with them that was previously in a user's comments.

    Thanks for a great recipe, Gina! You've even made an onion ring lover out of my husband... And, we don't have to feel so guilty about them! :)

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  105. All ovens are different so I am glad you were able to get it to work out!

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  106. These are amazing! I can honestly say that I like these far better than the greasy, deep-fried version. Another winning recipe! Thank you so much, Gina!

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  107. I made these last week. I followed the directions to the letter, however I had trouble getting the crumbs to stick. I think maybe the panko crumbs could have been a little finer. Next time I will crush everything in my food processor and see if it makes a difference. They still tasted great. They weren't all that crispy, so I used some in my baked beans for the 4th! That was pretty darn good and nothing went to waste :)

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  108. I made these last night and they were delicious! I actually soaked the onions a day in advance and was worried how it would affect the outcome, but it was great. I didn't have a problem getting the crumbs to stick, but I did run out of the mixture before I got to all the rings. I was lazy and ended up using just the breadcrumbs on the rest and it actually stuck much better than the original mixture...so I think maybe the finer the crumbs the easier it will stick. Thanks Gina for another great recipe!

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  109. I am a newbie to your site and I have to say... Im in LOVE! I made these last night and although I did have some problems with the crumbs sticking, they were AMAZING! I cant wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks!

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  110. These are awesome! We just ate them all up:)

    I had no problem getting all the crumbs to stick to the onions ~ it was perfect.

    I am not sure how to add my name on here!

    Marie

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  111. Woe is me. I'm another that had trouble getting the bread crumbs to stick. So frustrating. But even with the sparse amount of breading, I liked the texture (yum, crunchy!) and taste. Next time, as others have suggested, I will pulse the Panko & bread crumbs in a food processor first and use small batches of breading instead of just 2. That should help eliminate soggy clumping which causes the unstick problem. I will try to open a Blogger profile for next time!

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  112. I can see how some people trying to be heart healthy enjoy these. they still had some crunch from the onion being only par cooked. the texture was almost similiar enough but agree with others that it was somewhat difficult to get good coverage - even with a delicate approach. Would I do them again ? possibly. Would I prefer traditional onion rings / strings. ABSOLUTELY.

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  113. I love this recipe and blog...I posted it on my community foodie blog. Hope you can come check it out http://www.facebook.com/thefrenchiefoodie

    Also, feel free to post you're recipes or you're favourite foodie tips on it whenever you like!

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  114. I'm not even ON a diet, and I can tell you: these look even better than the normal variety. Problem is, I lack buttermilk and Panko, and I can't get them to stick. I considered adding egg yolk, but then it wouldn't technically BE low-fat, would it? And I want a challenge. So what do you suggest for making the crumbs stick?

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  115. Delicious. I loved em and I'm sure they will be better the second time around. Thanks.

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  116. kim tournois10/29/11, 10:51 AM

    what can I use instead of buttermilk? If nothing then I will have to get buttermilk they look awesome and cant wait to try.
    Thanks!

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  117. i made these last night and had the same problem getting my breadcrumbs to stick. so i dipped the onion rings in an egg (yep - the whole egg! i had some unused bonus points to spare :-) and added a little flour to the bread crumb mix. also, i didn't have corn flakes so i used special k. i thought that these were a GREAT substitute for the real deal deep fried onion ring! next to a small burger or steak - perfection. and even if i weren't counting points, this is healthier for my whole family and these are our new onion rings.

    my only question was this - my onions were nicely toasted on the outside, but not cooked thru on the inside. i can't eat raw onions, they make me very sick. so i only had a couple of these. any suggestions for how to get the onion cooked thru? perhaps start out on a lower temp and turn up at the end to crisp up the outside?

    i discovered your site a week ago when i started WW points plus and i am crediting you with this weeks weight loss! i feel hope that i can actually lose the baby weight that i have been hauling around for the past 6 years, and feed my family better. thank you for the work that you are doing.

    - lisa

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  118. I made these and even though we liked the taste, we didn't care for how "limpy" they are. They just don't crisp up like real onion rings do. Onion rings may have to be a special occasion treat for me.

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  119. I made my own buttermilk with lowfat milk and vinegar. I soaked the onions in a zip lock and dumped the milk before I dipped the onions in the bread crumb mixture. I didn't have corn flakes so I used just the bread crumbs and panko and ran them thru my mini food processor and added salt, pepper and some cayenne powder.
    Towards the end of the onions I dipped them in the milk (set aside in a bowl) before putting the min the bread crumbs.
    I sliced the onions sort of thick so I baked at 450 for 12 minutes and then jumped up to 500 for another minute or two.
    Next time I may try to put the bread crumbs in a zip lock and shake a few onions at a time to same some time but I think it may cause the crumbs to clump.

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  120. I made these Friday night and I was not sure if my husband was being truthful about liking them. But because I made a double batch I had to bake them in shifts. He was eating them as fast as I could pull each batch out of the oven!!
    Another hit!

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  121. These were great! They are also extremely filling so I could only eat about 1/3 of the whole onion but I certainly will be making these again! They are fantastic!

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  122. I just have to say again that this is one of my favorite sides. I love the huge serving to go with burgers...yum! I'm making them tonight again, so I was thinking about it. Thanks for this awesome idea!

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  123. My onions are soaking now and I can't wait to gobble these up later... Here's what I plan on doing with the extra buttermilk (although I love the freezing idea too)

    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/buttermilk-brined-pork-chops-10000000701096/

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  124. These were not good and after this experience I am now going to give up officially on healthy substitutes. I'm not overweight thankfully and eat pretty healthy for the most part. But they were not as good as the picture showed. Yes, it may be my problem but I followed directions exactly and also had a problem getting crumb mixture to stick to the onion ring.
    Going to go unhealthy and fry my original recipe next time. We only eat onion rings once every few months and I think its worth it to go that way as this recipe did not blow me away at all. Sorry to the woman who created this recipe. I'm sure yours are awesome.

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  125. Just finished eating these and I just wanted to say "Delicious!" This was enjoyed by everyone in my family! (even hubby and teenager) I made them on the parchment paper, which made the fire alarms go off (opps!) I think the temp was just too high, so next time I'll stick to tin foil. :)
    This will be a side dish for Friday night burgers.

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  126. Oh my gosh. These were awesome! I've been cooking for me entire family, and these were really easy to make, and tasted awesome! Plus they're that little crunchy something that you need to go along with a heavy protein. Thanks!

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  127. I'm from Texas and my family likes spicy food. I'm going to substitute Tony Chachere's for the seasonings. They will be great for the Superbowl.

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  128. This recipe looks delicious. Onion rings are a true favourite and this healthy recipe will be tried out very soon! Thank you!

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  129. I love onion rings. I'm going to try these soon w/ cornflakes only, we're Gluten Free. I hope they work well w/ just cornflakes & none of the other crumbs.

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  130. These turned out so well !!!

    I used what I had in house: egg beaters and Aleia's Gluten-free Italian bread crumbs. These are fine and they worked very well. I shook the soaked onions in a ziplock in several different batches.

    Thanks Gina !!

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  131. I think I might try these tonight! My daughter is having a friend sleep over and we are making pizzas, these are a perfect side!Thanks for all the great recipes! This has become my go-to site since beginning weight watchers about a month ago. I have loved everything I've made from here!!

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  132. If I were to make my own bread crumbs and bake them to dry them out, would they go stale or moldy soon or should they last long if they're in a sealed container?

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  133. This was delicious! I used egg beaters instead of the buttermilk and I didn't soak the onions or shake the onions before crusting them (I'm lazy lol). It made the crumb mix soggy pretty quick, but if you use only a little crumbs with every set you should be fine. :)

    I made them with turkey burgers and my boyfriend looked at the onions and asked "I thought you were making regular onion rings?" I told him they would be good and he tried one (made a face) , then another, and another... He was hooked!

    Thank you Gina!

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  134. I just made these and they are delicious! I did follow the suggestion to flour first and then dip again in the buttermilk and finally in the breading, which I know makes them less healthy... but still WAY better for you than frying. :)

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  135. These are awesome, I made them again without soaking them in the buttermilk first, they were exactly the same. Excellent with some ranch dressing to dip.

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  136. Just finished eating these - delicious. Breaded only a few at a time in a smaller dish to keep all the crumbs from getting wet and I had no issues. I also had no cornflakes, so used coconut and a little hickory bacon salt. Tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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  137. I just stumbled across the recipe while looking for something to serve with your zuchinni turkey burgers. Do you know if these would freeze well for later use?

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  138. I made these tonight with the healthy chicken nuggets as well as homemade french fries. The family loved it! This was the first successful "healthy" meal that my whole family enjoyed. I did struggle keeping the onions coated (even tried the bag approach) but overall they were still delish! Thank you so much for these awesome recipes.

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  139. I'm always on the look out for easy recipes and this looks so yummy!
    i'm really lazy basically and this simple yet low fat recipe seems quite appealing...have to try it!

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  140. The question concerning the serving size prompts me to suggest that the weight of a single serving would perhaps be helpful. Personally I now use weights for everything, even converting my recipes (i.e. 1 c. celery = 80 g.) then I can accurately put my recipes into my Diet Power program and determine total nutritional information per serving. I also don't need so many, or sometimes any measuring cups. But measuring spoons are still required.

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  141. I made these and they were okay. I love most of the recipes on here, but these didn't have a whole lot of flavor and they were very labor intensive for the 'meh' results it produced.

    I served mine with marinara.

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  142. can you use skim milk rather than buttermilk?

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  143. These were so good! I dipped milk-soaked rings in flour, then milk again, then in crumbs. Crumbs stuck very well. I made a dipping sauce of light mayo, ketchup, and cayenne powder and it was very good as well!

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  144. I was sooooo frustrated with these! Hardly any breadcrumbs stuck to the onion! For me, it was a waste of time.

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  145. I posted above and would like to add that I dipped onions into small, seperate batches of breadcumbs. I wish I had dipped into flour as another poster mentioned.

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  146. I made them and they were great. I did use wheat flour then dipped them back into the buttermilk then the breadcrumbs for them to stick. delish!!!

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  147. These were fantastic! I love them. Only had italian panko, so I just used that and some kosher salt. I cooked 2 onions and my hubby and I ate them all! Thank you!

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  148. Woah, gotta try this! My boyfriend who's a fast food addict in recovery might like it. Just read somewhere that you can substitute butter milk for a cup of milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon. Good to know. Now I need to go and buy Panko bread crumbs!

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  149. I am making these now, they're in the oven but I have a problem. My crumbs were so soggy not even half way through the first half of the crumbs. What can i do for next time to keep the crumbs from getting soggy?? Thank you.

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  150. Just made these... O M G!!! Thank you SO much. So, so, so good. I broiled them right at the end to make them extra crispy, very yum.

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  151. Wow... I tried this last week. It tastes good. post some more recipes with contains less calories and carbohydrates.Thanks.
    Free Weight Loss Diet Tips 

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  152. I made these tonight but they never got crisp or crunchy. No one else seemed to mention that as a problem. What did I do wrong?

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  153. sounds easy...i wanna try some...

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  154. Very good. I love the taste and the fact that it is much healthier then other recipes. I enjoy reading these recipes, and will be back soon for another.
    Fat Burners UK

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  155. Fabulous! I didn't have buttermilk so I used an egg. They were crispy and wonderful and I can't wait to make them again!

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