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Blooming Onion

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Perhaps the hardest thing about this dish is the cutting of the onion. Try and work with the biggest onion you can find and make sure it is really cold. This will reduce the tears to a minimum – if not completely. Use a very sharp knife and be very careful not to cut your onion all the way through. Cut as many petals as you can without destroying the onion. Please watch the video on how to cut your onion. Make sure to place your cut onion in a bowl of iced water for at least 30 minutes so that the petals separate. This will make it easier to coat. I used an egg/milk and flour and spices combination to coat this. You can, however, make a beer based batter as well. I think I might try this next time. All you do is add beer to your prepared flour. Whisk it well and use it to coat your onion.
Ingredients
  Flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg 1 Large
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For sauce
  Mayonnaise 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ketchup 1 Tablespoon
  Horseradish 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Pepper 1 Pinch
  Cayenne 1 Pinch
  Crushed oregano 1⁄4 Teaspoon
Directions

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl. Add the milk and mix well.
Place the cut onion in the egg mixture and shake off the excess. Place it in the flour and cover completely. Open the petals very carefully and make sure they are coated thoroughly. Repeat the process.
Heat enough oil in a deep skillet or small pot to cover onion. Heat oil well. Add the onion and cook until browned evenly – flipping a couple of times. Carefully separate the petals with a spoon and sprinkle flour mixture in between them after the first flip.
When onion is completely browned, remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Serve with dipping sauce.
FOR THE SAUCE:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk well. Refrigerate

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Fried
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Servings: 
2

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Mr D The Thermal Cook's picture
It is a bit frightening watching this video. If the knife slips you WILL end up in hospital. Please please do not do this at home and if you must put the onion on a board. Your hands are precious.