Bite Sized Bloomin’ Onions

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The SuperBowl is right around the corner.  And while I am not actually that interested in the game, I am interested in the food.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

 

I remember when Outback Steakhouse first entered my field of vision. Their claim to fame was the bloomin’ onion. I love onion rings, and the bloomin’ onion is just another version of breaded, fried onion. But what if you could make bite sized version?

A little while ago, I wondered what would happen if you fried pearl onions to make an appetizer.  I started to do some R&D. 

What I found out was pretty tasty and fun. 

I found that cipolline onions are the way to go rather than pearl onions. I found these in the regular grocery store. 

bite-sized bloomin' onions

First, I trimmed off the ends.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

Next I sectioned the onion, (without cutting all way through the bottom) into 6 or 8 sections.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

The next part is optional, but will make life so much easier. I dipped the onion into boiling water for just a few seconds.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

This does two things: 1. it makes the skin just slide right off and 2. it helps to separate the sections and rings of the onion into “petals”

Next dip the onions into an egg/milk mixture. Try to get the mix down in between the “petals.” You might have to use your finger to separate them.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

Next into a flour mixture. Again, you gotta work to get the flour down into the “petals.”

bite-sized bloomin' onions

Then into the fryer. And back out again. While they fry, you can make this sauce to go with them.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

The secret ingredient of the sauce is creamy horseradish. It really makes the sauce, so don’t skip it.

bite-sized bloomin' onions

They are best served immediately. You just dip and pop the whole thing into your mouth. The best!

I found that the recipe will make about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of these little onions.

 

Bite Sized Bloomin’ Onions

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1.5 pounds

Bite Sized Bloomin’ Onions

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds cipolline onions
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Oil for frying
  • For the Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons creamy horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • dash teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

    To prepare onion
  1. Slice stem and root end off of onions. Slice each onion into 6-8 wedges, without cutting all the way through the onion.
  2. Quickly dip each onion in boiling water. Remove the skin.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In another shallow bowl mix together the flour and spices.
  4. Dip each onion into the egg wash. Make sure the liquid penetrates in between the layers and rings of the onion. You may have to separate the layers and pieces with your fingers.
  5. Next dip into the flour, again making sure to coat between each "petal" of the onion.
  6. Fry onions until golden brown in batches to avoid overcrowding. (Preheat your oil to about 350)
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. To Prepare the Sauce (If you're sauce lovers, you may want to double this recipe.)
  9. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside covered until ready to use.
http://eatthinkbemerry.com/2017/01/bite-sized-bloomin-onions/

Recipe Adapted from Allrecipes

 

 

 

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