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Blooming Onion

A Blooming Onion is a crispy, golden-fried appetizer that’s perfect for sharing. With its intricate, flower-like appearance and savory flavor, it’s sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a delicious snack.

Tasting Notes:

Expect a crunchy exterior giving way to tender, oniony goodness with each bite. The accompanying dipping sauce adds a tangy, creamy contrast that enhances the overall experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oil for frying

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Deep fryer or large pot
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Onion:
    • Trim off the top of the onion, leaving the root intact. Peel off the outer layer.
    • Cut the onion vertically, starting from the top, but don’t cut through the root. Make 4 evenly spaced cuts around the onion, creating segments.
    • Turn the onion over and gently spread out the segments to resemble a blooming flower.
  2. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a shallow bowl, combine flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
    • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined.
  3. Coat the Onion:
    • Dip the onion into the egg mixture, making sure to coat it evenly.
    • Transfer the onion to the flour mixture, ensuring it’s thoroughly coated. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. Fry the Onion:
    • Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
    • Carefully lower the coated onion into the hot oil, root side down.
    • Fry for 3-4 minutes, then carefully flip the onion over and fry for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the blooming onion from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
    • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Pro Tips:

  • Use a sharp knife to cut the onion segments evenly without cutting through the root.
  • For extra crispy results, double dip the onion in the egg and flour mixture before frying.
  • Monitor the oil temperature closely to ensure the onion cooks evenly and doesn’t burn.

Variations:

  • Try adding different spices to the flour mixture for a unique flavor profile.
  • Experiment with dipping sauces such as spicy mayo, ranch, or barbecue sauce.
  • For a healthier option, try baking the blooming onion instead of frying it.

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of onion?

While large yellow onions are traditionally used for blooming onions, you can experiment with other varieties like sweet onions or red onions for different flavor profiles.

How do I store leftover blooming onion?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven to maintain crispiness.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Blooming Onion

Homemade Fried Bloomin Onion with Dipping Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

1. Prepare the Onion:

  • Trim off the top of the onion, leaving the root intact. Peel off the outer layer.
  • Cut the onion vertically, starting from the top, but don't cut through the root. Make 4 evenly spaced cuts around the onion, creating segments.
  • Turn the onion over and gently spread out the segments to resemble a blooming flower.

2. Prepare the Batter:

  • In a shallow bowl, combine flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined.

3. Coat the Onion:

  • Dip the onion into the egg mixture, making sure to coat it evenly.
  • Transfer the onion to the flour mixture, ensuring it's thoroughly coated. Shake off any excess flour.

4. Fry the Onion:

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  • Carefully lower the coated onion into the hot oil, root side down.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes, then carefully flip the onion over and fry for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

5. Serve:

  • Remove the blooming onion from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4-6 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 700mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g

Written by Patricia M

Welcome to "My Cooking Recipes," a culinary treasure trove where passion for food meets the warmth of home cooking. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma who has spent a lifetime in the kitchen, weaving love into every dish. This website is my canvas, showcasing not only my personal creations but also handpicked recipes from across the web. Here, you'll find a blend of traditional family favorites and innovative culinary experiments, all designed to inspire and delight.

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