Blooming Onion: Think of an onion ring, but BIGGER. Now that's a starter we can get behind...
For the dipping sauce
- Salt & Pepper
For the batter mix
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 large onion
- 2 quarts vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Make the dipping sauce: Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, paprika, a pinch of salt, some black pepper, 1 dash of cayenne pepper & a squeeze of lemon juice/ cider vinegar in a small bowl and refrigerate it until needed.
- Beat egg and combine it with milk in a bowl leage enough to fit the onion.
- In another bowl, combine flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, and cumin.
- Prepare the onion: cut approximately 2cm off the top and bottom of the onion, remove skin. Remove the centre core from the middle of the onion. Using a large, sharp knife, slice down the center of the onion about 3/4 of the way down, turn 90 degrees and slice again. Keep slicing the sections in half, being careful not to cut to the bottom, until you have 16 sections. Spread the petals apart to make coating easier.
- (If you have the time, after you have sliced your onion, soak it in ice water for about an hour it will "bloom"/ open up much better when you head to the next step!)
- Dip the onion in the milk, then coat well with the flour mixture. Separate the petals again and sprinkle the flour mixture between them. Once you have coated all of the petals well, dip it into the milk and into the flour mixture again. Place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes while you preheat the oil.
- Pour enough oil to cover the onion into a deep fryer or deep pot. Preheat the oil to 175 degrees C.
- Fry the onion right side up in the oil for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and let drain in a rack or paper towels. Open the center of the onion wide so that you can put a small bowl of dipping sauce in the center :)