Onions are good in a salad, a sammie, sautéed, raw and especially barbequed. Recently, I learned of a new way to enjoy this tear-jerking underground veggie: deep fried.
This tasty treat is a great snack to share next time you have guests, and the variety of spices and dips that can be added are endless!
This project deals with very hot oil and may be dangerous for some. Always wear appropriate clothing and use safe cooking techniques.
Enough talk, let's bloom an onion!
Step 1: Ingredients + Materials
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Step 2: The Cut
Cut the top off the onion and remove the peel.
Make a vertical cuts through the onion stopping when you are close to the bottom, rotate the onion around its axis and continue making vertical cuts until you have 3-6mm (1/8"-1/4") petals.
Remember to leave the bottom of your onion attached, and to stop your vertical cuts shy of slicing right through.
Step 3: The Mix
For this you'll need a large plastic bag, all-purpose flour, and spices to taste. I used oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. The variations are endless, share your ideas in the comments below.
Step 4: Shake, Dip, Shake
When ready, place the onion into the bag of flour and spice blend. Seal bag and gently shake to cover entire onion, use your fingers through the bag to work flour between the petals.
Remove the onion from the bag and dunk into a bowl of milk. Quickly remove from bowl and place back into bag of flour mix.
Gently shake the onion in the mix, make sure flour gets everywhere.
Your onion should now look thoroughly coated, repeat the dunk-shake if desired.
Step 5: Heat the Oil
Once your pot is filled with oil, fire up your element and drop in your thermometer. We're looking to heat the oil to 190-200°C (375-400°F). Ranges will vary, but somewhere between medium and high.
do not leave hot oil unattended
Step 6: Fry That Onion
The initial boil when first placed in the oil will be turbulent, oil may spatter.
Wear appropriate clothes and use common sense.
With the onion completely submerged it will cook in about 5 minutes.
Step 7: Enjoy!
The onion bloom can be enjoyed as-is with guests plucking their eats, or you can remove the core and the petals should separate and you can eat them like chips. Serve immediately with a dip of your choosing.
Onion blooms can be made with almost any spices and go great with any dip. For a themed approach maybe a spicy tex-mex spice with a chipotle-mayo dip, or a Mediterranean feel with fenugreek with tzatziki?
Share your ideas and recipes in the comments below, enjoy!