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Miniature Blooming Onion

Miniature Blooming Onion

For blooming onion:

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 gallon corn oil
  • Salt, to taste

For dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon drained horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Cut the top of the onion; place it cut-side down, and, using a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch cuts in a circular motion to create “petals.” Flip the onion over and, using your hands, begin coaxing apart its layers.

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, cayenne, paprika, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  2. Place the onion cut-side down in the bowl, cover with a plate, and shake to coat onion and each “petal.”
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate medium bowl, mix eggs with milk. Dip onion in egg wash cut-side down; shake off excess egg wash and return onion to flour mixture to coat a second time. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. In a deep-fryer or a heavy Dutch oven, heat oil to 375ºF, adding enough oil so that the entire onion will be able to float.
  5. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine dip ingredients until well-mixed. Set aside.
  6. In the deep-fryer or Dutch oven, add the onion cut-side down in the oil for 2-3 minutes, then carefully flip the onion and allow it to fry for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the batter is golden brown.
  7. Move it to a plate covered in paper towels to drain off excess oil and season with a little salt.
  8. Serve immediately with sauce.

About The Author

Christopher is an artist, designer, director, photographer & proponent of creative people. Currently working as the Operations Manager for Badatsports.com (based out of Chicago), Director of Marketing for multiple companies based out of St. Louis & Los Angeles area and currently an advocate for all things art & technology.

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