Tony Roma’s Inspired Crispy Vidalia Sweet Onion Loaf with Original BBQ Sauce

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Onion Loaf with SauceThe Tony Roma’s train keeps rolling today. Yesterday’s Cole Slaw post was one part of this delicious summer BBQ meal! Today we continue with a delicious side/appetizer called an Onion Loaf. These days they make the loaf in the shape of a mini bundt pan, but the onion loaf of my childhood was this amazing towering loaf. You could order a half or full order (we always ordered the full size) and it would show up at your table, no less than a foot high, crispy sweet and savory with a large bowl of bbq sauce for dipping. Pay no attention to the calorie count of this dish. If you are working towards getting ready for bathing suit season, this is not the recipe for you. If you are looking for a finger licking good, sticky, salty, sweet fried onion ring….this is your lucky day!

The best part is that the recipe is so easy! The steps are uncomplicated and in the end you’re left with a great bbq side! To get started, slice the onions into rings. You’re looking for somewhere between 1/4 and a 1/2 inch thick.
Combine milk, eggs and salt in mixing bowl. Soak onion rings in mixture for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer, the more tender. Heat oil for frying in skillet to 375 degrees F.Pancake Flour
Remove onion rings from milk mixture, coat with pancake mix. You can use a bowl or a plastic bag that you can shake up.Coated Onions
Tap excess pancake mix off onions.  Make sure your oil is ready to fry. This is not ready…Oil Not Ready
Still not ready…Oil Almost ReadyAlmost….Oil ReadyAnnnnnnd ready! Onions FryingFry rings until golden brown.Crispy Onion
Drain fried onion rings on paper towels.Crispy Onions
Pack fried onion rings solidly, but loosely, without pressing, into 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.Onion Loaf with Sauce
Garnish with parsley and serve with BBQ sauce. Heck, serve with Cole Slaw and BBQ Chicken while you’re at it!Tony Roma's Cole Slaw - Sweet, Tangy, Delicious Cole Slaw with a hint of celery seed. Part of the perfect BBQ meal this summer!Enjoy!

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Tony Roma's Inspired Crispy Vidalia Sweet Onion Loaf with Original BBQ Sauce

This delicious onion loaf is like crispy thin onion straws baked together and crispy that are just begging to be dipped in the delicious original recipe BBQ sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Vidalia onions
  • 1 cup milk , whole or 2%
  • 3 eggs , beaten
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • Canola Oil , for frying
  • Parsley , for garnish
  • Tony Roma's BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Slice onions crosswise and separate into rings. You're looking for somewhere between 1/4 and a 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Combine milk, eggs and salt in mixing bowl.
  3. Soak onion rings in mixture for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer, the more tender.
  4. Heat oil for frying in skillet to 375 degrees F.
  5. Remove onion rings from milk mixture, coat with pancake mix. You can use a bowl or a plastic bag that you can shake up.
  6. Tap excess pancake mix off onions.
  7. Fry rings until golden brown.
  8. Drain fried onion rings on paper towels.
  9. Pack fried onion rings solidly, but loosely, without pressing, into 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. Garnish with parsley and serve with BBQ sauce.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from: LA Times SOS Kitchen from 1995

Tony Roma's Copycat Onion Loaf - This delicious onion loaf is like crispy thin onion straws baked together and crispy that are just begging to be dipped in the delicious original recipe BBQ sauce.

Tony Roma's Cole Slaw - Sweet, Tangy, Delicious Cole Slaw with a hint of celery seed. Part of the perfect BBQ meal this summer!

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