Apr 15, 2010

Blooming Onion


step 1ingredients + materials
onion bloom batter: all purpose flour milk salt & pepper spice to taste other needs: large deep pot / home fryer cooking oil large knife …

step 2the cut
to get your onion to bloom you'll need to make a series of vertical cuts around the center of the onion, these cuts are made prior to frying. 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") …

step 3the mix
Next we're going to coat our cut onion in a mix of flour and spices. 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 4shake, dip, shake
Before you coat your onion it's advised to splay the petals of the onion some before placing into the bag. the 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. the dip: Remove the onion from the bag and dunk into a bowl of milk. …

step 5heat the oil
Fill your large pot with enough oil to cover the size of onion you're using, in this example I used about a litre. Be cautious of oil displacement and boil-over when the onion is submerged, don't fill your pot too much otherwise you risk a fire hazard. Once your pot is filled with oil, fire up your element and drop in your thermometer. We're looking to heat the oil to …

step 6fry that onion
When your oil has reached a consistent temperature, slowly lower your onion into the oil using a ladle or strainer. 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 7enjoy!
After about 5 minuted the onion should be crispy and golden brown. Carefully remove from oil using ladle and place on something absorbent, this is one oily onion. 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. …

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