You’ve seen them in popular restaurants: those exciting and delicious blooming onion appetizers that combine all the taste of onion rings with a very unique style. Now you can cook your own blooming onion at home. Impress your guests at a dinner party or make one as an appetizer for the big game. Perfect for vegetarians, it is also a rather healthy snack.
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 large onions
canola or similar vegetable oil
Peel both onions completely and cut off the root side so the onion has a flat surface to sit on. Place each onion in cold water so they are clean and some of the more pungent oils are rinsed off. Dry completely with a paper towel, and then cut the onion from the top down into many narrow wedges. Put the onion in the refrigerator for an hour or two. This will help you with the next step, separating the onion pieces gently so it looks like a giant flower. Remove from the fridge and place the onions on a baking pan.
In a small bowl, stir together the salt, flour and all the herbs and spices you choose to use on your blooming onion. Mix the milk and eggs together and pour it over the onion or submerge the onion completely in this egg mixture. Then, coat the entire onion with more flour and seasonings until the wedges are all coated just like you see for onion rings.
Prepare a deep frying pan with enough oil to completely cover the onions. When it is at the correct temperature for deep frying, carefully submerged each onion into the oil and fry it for 2 to 3 minutes until the flour coding becomes golden brown and crispy.
Remove the onion and place it on a paper towel to let excess oil drain off before serving. For a more attractive presentation, remove the very center of the onion with a knife and use that spot to put in a small bowl of dip.