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!

Recipe

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

4.85 from 13 votes
  • Yield: 6
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Course: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Dinner, then Dessert
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.

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

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  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

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 , Amount per serving: 221 calories, Calories: 221g, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 116mg, Sodium: 672mg, Potassium: 432mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 295g, Vitamin C: 10.9g, Calcium: 196g, Iron: 1.5g

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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.

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Boy………ya’know what would be good with this article?
    ANSWER: the BBQ sauce recipe.
    I’m sure it’s here somewhere, I can’t find it from drooling all over my keyboard.

  2. I love Onion Loaf!!! I’m pretty sure the small Hackney’s chain in IL has been making Onion Loaf since 1958 and I think they are the original creators. Thanks for the recipe I’d never tought of using pancake mix great tip.

  3. Finally, someone else who remembers Tony Roma’s awesome Onion Ring Loaf! Used to eat these as a kid in Palm Springs. My folks would take us there once a year for a vacation.

    Tona Roma’s was always the highlight of the trip, where our family of 5 would fight over that full-size loaf.

    Can’t wait to give this recipe a try! 🙂

  4. I had an onion loaf on an old tug boat that was used as a restaurant in Swansea UK about 30 years ago and have been looking for a recipe ever since! I came across this one by chance and can’t wait to try it!

  5. I made this recipe last night and while the onion loaf was delicious, the onions lost all crispiness while baking. Don’t know what I could have done differently.

    1. Did you overpack it? Were the onions crispy before they went in? I find if I overpack it and make it too tight, it sort of steams in the pan. Would love to troubleshoot more if you would like, email me at sabrina @ dinnerthendesser.com 🙂

  6. I made these for my family the other night, and my oldest keeps begging me to make more! He says on a scale of 1-10 they are like an 11! LOL

  7. Wow it’s been a long long time since I’ve eaten at a Tony Romo’s – that was a place we frequent a lot way back in the days. Your recipe looks so yummy, makes me want to go to TR!!

    1. Isn’t it such a wonderful memory? That place was so special and we always got so excited and anticipated when we would get to go. I have so many wonderful memories of it.

  8. This is one of my favorite things over at Tony Romas! I didn’t realize it was so easy to make! Thanks, totally trying it now!

  9. I would so eat this right up, glad you shared it. I must try to make it here at home – I am so not good at cooking but I am trying to be better. Love this.

  10. I’ve never been to Tony Roma’s before, so I haven’t had this particular dish- but I do love onion rings!

    1. Haha thanks! It is a lot to describe! To friends, I just say onion loaf and they get excited but I didn’t think people would necessarily get excited by the words “Onion Loaf”

  11. Yum! I know it’s summer when things started getting fried! I have never made onion rings myself, but I’m so excited to try.

  12. I do not have a Tony Roma’s near me so I have never been there, so thanks for sharing the recipe so I can make it at home!

    1. So sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, this is a recipe that happens to use a lot of onions. As an alternative, you can try fried zucchini slices.

  13. I love using Vidalia onions and this recipe sounds perfect for them. I am definitely going to have to try it!

  14. I don’t think I have ever had this onion loaf but I sure want to now. I love any and all things onion!

    1. Noooo! You have to make the sauce that goes with it. Trust me! You will be licking your fingers it is so good!

    1. Me too! I am a sucker for sweet onions! Oooh even when caramelized. Ok, I need to not be thinking about this at 9am, haha.

  15. I am drooling over here. I have never had anything like this before, but I HAVE to try it 🙂

  16. We’ve been to Tony Roma’s but I’ve never had the onion loaf. Now that just seems so wrong! This recipe looks so YUM and seems easy enough.