Brighten up any table with a blooming onion!
Nowadays you can get onion rings at practically every fast food chain and it's really easy to make them all by yourself. But did you know the classic blooming onion from your favorite steakhouse is also quite easy to make at home? It not only looks amazing, it also tastes delicious.
- 1 large sweet onion
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 eggs
- oil for deep frying
Cut off the top of the onion to create a flat surface. Now with the flat side facing down, cut it into quarters without going all the way through the onion. The onion holds everything together during the cooking process and so it has to stay intact. Then you make four equally sized incisions into each of the quarter sections to create 16 sections at the end.
The layers of the onion will separate as you cut it. When you turn over the onion, it should look like a blooming flower. Handle the fragile onion flower very gently in all of the following steps so that it doesn't fall apart.
For the next step, you mix together the flour, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder, oregano, paprika and pepper to make the breading for the crust. Mmm, it already smells delicious!
Dip the blooming onion gently into the breading. Using a spoon, scoop the spice mixture into the inside of the onion as well.
Turn the onion flower and carefully shake off excess flour.
Then it's time for the egg wash, which consists of whisked eggs and milk. In this step, use a spoon again to make sure the onion gets wet everywhere.
Now the crust has a great first layer and gets double-dipped into the breading mixture. To help the breading stick to the onion better, place the blooming onion in your freezer for about one hour.
Now it's time to fry it up! First, place the blooming onion cut-side down into a pot with the heat on high. This way the ends of the onion will get nice and crispy. Turn the onion over and fry it on medium heat for a maximum of 10 minutes. Then your little onion baby should be done.
With the cut-side down, place the onion on some paper towels for a moment to dry off. Then it's time to enjoy it. You can put a little bowl of dip in the center.
Here you can see all the steps in this video:
Petal for petal, you'll pluck your way into a food coma. The onions are crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. What else could you ask for? The blooming onion is an awesome snack idea for a night in with a movie — and your friends will absolutely love it!