Outback Blooming Onion
This batter-fried onion and a spicy dipping sauce will get your party going any day!
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large sweet onion
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil for frying
Adapted from allrecipes.com
To make the batter: In a medium bowl, beat egg and add milk. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, ground black pepper, oregano, thyme and cumin; mix.
To slice onion: slice 1 inch off of the top and bottom of the onion and remove the papery skin. Use a thin knife to cut a 1 inch diameter core out of the middle of the onion. Now use a really sharp, large knife to slice the onion several times down the center to create ‘petals’: First slice through the center of the onion to about three-fourths of the way down. Turn the onion 90 degrees and slice it again in an X across the first slice. Keep slicing the sections in half, very carefully until the onion has been cut 16 times. Do not cut all the way down to the bottom of the onion. (The last 8 slices will be difficult, watch out).
Spread the ‘petals’ of the onion apart. To help keep them separate you could plunge the onion into boiling water for 1 minute and then into cold water.
Dip the onion into the milk mixture and then coat it liberally with the flour mixture. Again separate the petals and sprinkle the dry coating between them. Once you are sure the onion is well-coated, dip it back into the wet mixture and into the dry coating again. This double-dipping ensures you have a well-coated onion because some of the coating will wash off when you fry the onion.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep pot to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Make sure you use enough oil to fully cover the onion when it fries.
Fry the onion right side up in the oil for 10 minutes or until it turns brown. When the onion has browned, remove it from the oil and let it drain on a rack or paper towels. Open the onion wider from the center so that you can put a small dish of the dipping sauce in the center.