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Cheesy Onion Crisps

Cheesy Onion Crisps recipe

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Cheesy Onion Crisps offer a delightful combination of sweet onions and melted cheddar cheese, seasoned to perfection and baked to crispy perfection. This easy-to-make appetizer is perfect for any occasion, from casual gatherings to game day snacks. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce for a crowd-pleasing treat.

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Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet onions
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning (or seasoning of choice)
  • Ranch or marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the Onions: Peel the sweet onions and slice them into thin rings, about 1/4 inch thick. Separate the rings and arrange them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Cheese and Seasoning: Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese evenly over each onion ring. Next, sprinkle ranch seasoning (or your preferred seasoning) over the cheese-covered onion rings.
  4. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges of the onions are crispy and golden brown.
  5. Serve: Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve the cheesy onion crisps warm with ranch or marinara sauce for dipping.

Cook’s Notes

  • Choosing Onions: Opt for sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla for their mild flavor and natural sweetness, which complement the cheese beautifully.
  • Customize Seasoning: Experiment with different seasonings such as garlic powder, smoked paprika, or Italian seasoning to suit your taste preferences.
  • Dipping Sauces: Besides ranch or marinara, try barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or salsa for additional dipping options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I make these ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the cheesy onion crisps ahead of time and refrigerate them until ready to bake. This makes them perfect for party prep.

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2. Can I use other types of cheese? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or a blend of your favorites.

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3. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftover cheesy onion crisps in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven to maintain crispiness.

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4. Can I make this recipe keto-friendly? Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a keto diet by using low-carb ingredients such as keto-friendly cheese and seasoning.

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Variations

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes to the cheese topping for a spicy twist.
  • Bacon Lover’s: Sprinkle crumbled cooked bacon over the cheese before baking for added flavor and texture.

Keto and Low-Carb Options

  • Keto Friendly: Use keto-friendly cheese and seasoning options, and pair with a low-carb dipping sauce like sugar-free marinara or homemade keto ranch dressing.
  • Low-Carb: Enjoy in moderation as part of a low-carb diet, balancing the cheese and onion with other low-carb foods.

Cheesy Onion Crisps are a simple yet flavorful snack or appetizer that’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. With just a few ingredients and easy preparation, you can enjoy crispy, cheesy goodness in every bite. Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a tasty snack, these crisps deliver on taste and satisfaction. Try them out and watch them disappear!

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