Parmesan Onion Straws
Whether a crunchy topping or addictive snack, these onion straws will be gone in no time.
  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

  • Nutrition Highlights: Per serving (½ cup): 167 calories, 8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 195mg sodium, 4g protein, 2g fiber, 4mg cholesterol, 20 carbohydrates, 5g sugar

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners


  1. Prepare onions by slicing them in half. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to slice the onions into very thin strips.
  2. Place onion slices into a medium-size bowl. Pour buttermilk over onions and soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in another medium-size bowl, combine the flour and cayenne pepper. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees in a deep fryer or large skillet.
  5. Grab a handful of onion slices and toss into the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.
  6. Plunge the coated onions into the oil and fry for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Lightly sprinkle with Parmesan-oregano mixture. Repeat with remaining onion slices.

Tips & Notes

These onion straws make a perfect topping for green bean casserole, and you can prep them in advance – just store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days in a tightly sealed container. This recipe can also be used to make onion rings.


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