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Bacon Mac & Cheese-Stuffed Onion Rings

Crispy, deep-fried onion rings stuffed with a cheesy bacon surprise? Sounds like the ultimate mash-up snack! Serve with marinara sauce or ranch dressing if you’re feeling extra like us.

Tasty Team

Total Time

1 hr 40 min

1 hr 40 min

Prep Time

25 minutes

25 min

Cook Time

15 minutes

15 min

Total Time

1 hr 40 min

1 hr 40 min

Prep Time

25 minutes

25 min

Cook Time

15 minutes

15 min

Ingredients

for 12 onion rings

  • 1 large white onion
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked, divided
  • 2 store-bought macaroni and cheeses, 20 ounces (465 G)
  • 2 qt vegetable oil (1.8 L), for frying
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (230 g)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (250 mg)
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • warm marinara sauce, for serving
  • ranch dressing, for serving

Preparation

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the onion into ½-inch (1.24 cm) thick rounds. Separate the rings and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roughly chop 4 slices of bacon and add to a medium bowl, along with the macaroni and cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Fill each onion ring with a generous spoonful of the bacon macaroni and cheese. Transfer to the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until fully hardened.
  5. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat until it reaches 350°F (180°C). Set a wire rack inside another rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Finely chop the remaining 2 slices of bacon and add to a medium bowl with the bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  7. Add the flour and eggs to 2 separate bowls.
  8. Coat a frozen onion ring in the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then the bread crumbs, then back into the egg and bread crumbs once more. Set on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining onion rings.
  9. Working in batches of 2–3 at a time, fry the onion rings in the hot oil for 3–4 minutes, until deep golden brown in color and the macaroni and cheese is warmed through.
  10. Serve the onion rings warm with marinara sauce and ranch dressing for dipping, if desired.
  11. Enjoy!

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