I’m always looking for something new to do in the kitchen. While I love sticking to my roots, there’s only so much Pasta al Forno and Arroz con Gandules I can make. So this week I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and do something I’ve only had once in my lifetime – a blooming onion.
I have this fascination with food art – simply because I suck at it, so when I tried this and accomplished it on the first try, I had to share it with all of you. I was also inclined to make a dip and I’m going to share that recipe with you too.
I’m so excited about showing you how to make a blooming onion with house dip! I’m sure you’re going to love it as much as everyone here did!
How to Make a Blooming Onion
How to Slice a Blooming Onion
Step One – Prep the Onion
The first thing you want to do is remove the pointy tip of the onion. You’re going to do this by slicing a half in off the top of the onion. See the picture below. I would also recommend evening out the root at the bottom of the onion. Some of the root filaments will fall on your cutting board. Just clean the cutting board. If all of it doesn’t come off, just rinse your onion like I had to do.
Step Two – Slice the Onion
Now Step two is a little trickier. You want to cut about a quarter inch away from the root. So put the onion root side up and make a vertical cut down the side and all the way through. Repeat this four times.
Step Three – “Bloom” the Onion
Now that you have these four slices use them as a guide. Slice in between them until you have a total of sixteen cuts.
Step Four – Separate the Petals
Once all of your slices are cut, turn the onion over – root side down – and carefully, with your fingers separate the “petals.” I probably could have done a better job, but I was terrified of breaking the beautiful piece of art! (Don’t mind the rice vinegar bottle in the background, I had used it as a marinade for my pernil or pork shoulder.)
Step Five – Dip the Onion
Once all the petals are separated, make sure you rinse it and pat it dry gently. In a large and deep bowl, dip it into the egg mixture(See Recipe below.) You may want to spoon the mixture over the onion to ensure that it is completely covered. With a slotted spoon remove the onion from the egg mixture.
Step Six – Flour the Bloom
With the onion on the slotted spoon place it gently into your flour mix (See recipe below.) You’re going to have to sprinkle the flour onto and in between the petals gently. Remove the onion with the slotted spoon and carefully shake off the excess flour.
I didn’t take a picture of this step, because my hands were dirty and my sous chef was watching wrestling at the time.
Step Seven – Deep Fry the Onion
I was smart enough – because usually I’m not – to slice two onions for this project. I knew I was bound to botch one up which I did. The first onion I placed it in the fryer root side down. While the center cooked through it wasn’t nice and crispy.
So I learned that it is best to place the onion “bloom” side down into your fryer. This ensures that onion cooks through and crisps up through out. Also the effect on the onion petals is so cool. They actually open up a little more.
Blooming Onion Batter and Dipping Mix Recipe
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup of cold milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp parika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion poweder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 1lb sweet onion sliced
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (either plain or seasoned is both fine)
- 4 TBSP Cream Cheese
- 2 TBSP Hellmann's Mayonnaise
- 2 Tsp Ketchup
- 6 pimento stuffed green olives
- 1tsp of paprika
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- Preheat your fryer to 375 degrees
- In a large and deep mixing bowl add your eggs and milk with some salt
- Whisk together
- In another large and deep mixing bowl add the flour, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and ginger
- Whisk well until all ingredients are combined
- Dip the bloomed onion into the egg batter
- Spoon some of the mixture over and into the onion to make sure it is completely coated
- Carefully remove the onion from the egg and then place it into the flour mixture
- Once the onion is completely coated, gently shake off the excess flour and place it into the fryer bloom side down
- Fry the onion for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown
- Remove the onion and place on a cooling wrack lined with wax paper or paper towels
- In a food processor combine all of the ingredients and mix until well blended and smooth
- Place the dip into a bowl and serve with your Blooming onion.
I hope you have as much fun as I did making this blooming onion and that you all enjoy eating it too! It’s perfect for a weekend pub style appetizer, to show off your culinary skills when company comes over, or just because you feel like eating an onion!
What culinary endeavor has had you step out of your comfort zone?