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Maui Onion Poppers with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce

BROADCAST DATE:   01/05/03
Maui Onion Poppers with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce
From the Kitchen of: Rowena Felice, Maui Onion Festival

    2 large Maui onion
    2 egg whites
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 Tbs. butter
    1 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 c. panko
    1/2 c. chopped macadamia nuts
    1/4 c. seasoned onion powder
    1/4 pineapple, chopped
    Slice onions into thick rings.  Separate rings.  Take larger ring and finely chop, about 1/2 cup.  Mix finely chopped onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, onion powder, 1/2  c. panko, salt and butter.  Stuff mixture into small onion rings.  Beat egg whites in a bowl.  Dip stuffed onion rings into egg and roll in left over panko.

    Dipping Sauce
    3 Tbs. cider vinegar
    2 Tbs. pineapple juice
    1 Tbs. lemon juice
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. crushed pepper flakes, optional

    Whisk together cider vinegar, pineapple juice, lemon juice, salt and crushed pepper flakes.