Mozzarella, Jalapeno Popper, AND Mac & Cheese Stuffed Onion Rings

Happy Friday!

I know… I’ve been slacking on the posting lately (insert grimacing emoji here). We came back from a trade show about two weeks ago and ever since then it’s been like playing catch up with the added pressure of starting new projects while the shine of the show is still bright.

But I promise, promise PROMISE you I am working on some amazing new recipes for you all. Quality over quantity, right?

For example these stuffed onion rings.

I found the mac and cheese stuffed ones on Tip Buzz and was mind blown! I mean you are taking two American loved foods, onion rings and mac & cheese, and putting them TOGETHER?! What?!

So I got to thinking, what else could I stuff inside these babies? Mozzarella? Jalapeno popper filling? Yes please.

You could do all sorts of yummy stuff, like perhaps a hamburger stuffed onion ring where you saute some ground beef and stuff it in with cheese. If I ate meat, I think that would be a pretty great tasting one.

The secret here is freezing the onion rings. That is how you get the filling to stay and the rings to become uniform. Get creative! Let us know what types of stuffing ideas you have!

As a side note, if you only want to make one of the stuffed onion ring recipes instead of all three, use 2 cups of bread crumbs, 4 eggs, and 2 cups of flour.

Ingredients
Mozzarella Stuffed::
2 large white onions
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed::
2 large white onions
16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
1 cup cheddar, shredded
3 jalapenos, diced with seeds removed
pinch of garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste

Mac & Cheese Stuffed::
2 large white onions
1 cup elbow macaroni
½ cup milk
pinch garlic powder
1½ cup cheddar, shredded

For Breading and Frying::
6 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
10 eggs
4 cups flour
1 quart vegetable oil

4-Quart Dutch Oven
about 12 of each
Prep Time: mozzarella stuffed – 10 minutes
jalapeno stuffed – 15 minutes
mac & cheese stuffed – 20 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 4 minutes per onion ring

Directions
1. Peel and cut the onions into ½-inch rings. Separate the rings; set aside.

Mozzarella Stuffed::
2. Cut each mozzarella slice into 4 even strips.
3. Lay the onion rings out on a baking sheet placing a smaller onion ring in the center of a large one so there is a gap between the two rings. This gap between is where you’ll be putting the stuffing.
4. Fill the gaps between the rings of onion with the thin slices of mozzarella. If needed, trim them to fit the rings.
5. Freeze for 1 hour.

Jalapeno Stuffed::
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheddar, diced jalapeno, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
3. Lay the onion rings out on a baking sheet placing a smaller onion ring in the center of a large one so there is a gap between the two rings. This gap between is where you’ll be putting the stuffing.
4. Fill the gaps between the rings of onion with the cream cheese mixture using a small spoon or rubber spatula. Make sure to get it in the gaps all the way to the baking sheet so it is fully filled.
5. Freeze for 1 hour.

Mac & Cheese Stuffed::
2. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions either in a pot on the stove or using the Aroma Pasta Cooker. When done, drain the pasta and place into a large microwave safe bowl.
3. Add the milk, garlic powder, and cheese and stir. microwave for 30 seconds and mix again until creamy. If needed, keep microwaving in 30 second intervals until all of the cheese is melted.
4. Lay the onion rings out on a baking sheet placing a smaller onion ring in the center of a large one so there is a gap between the two rings. This gap is where you’ll be putting the macaroni and cheese.
5. Use a small for or spoon to fill the gaps between the rings of onion with the mac and cheese. Make sure to get it in the gaps all the way to the baking sheet so it is fully filled. Freeze for 1 hour.

Breading and Frying::
6. After the onion rings have set in the freezer for 1 hour, get ready to bread! Freezing is important because it will hold the stuffed rings together.
7. In one medium sized bowl put the flour. In another scramble the eggs. And in a Final medium bowl put the bread crumbs. Keep them in this order for breading.
8. Dip each of the frozen onion rings into the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Then again dip into the egg, and lastly a final coating of breadcrumbs.
9. Lay the breaded onion rings back onto the baking sheets and freeze for another hour.
10. When the onion rings are almost done setting in the freezer, add the oil to your Dutch oven. Heat to 325-350℉’ keep track of the heat by using an instant-read deep fry thermometer.
11. Once it has reached heat, fry the stuffed onion rings 2 or 3 at a time for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. Be careful not to fry for too long or the filling might ooze out.
12. When done, remove using a deep fry skimmer and set onto a paper towel lined plate for a few seconds, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
13. Let cool slightly then serve with marinara or other dipping sauces.

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