I’ve always loved Outback’s Blooming Onion. It’s one of those things that, ambitious as I may be in the kitchen, I’ve always been way too nervous to try myself at home. I mean perfectly batttering and frying a whole onion to crispy, golden perfection? Too far out of my league. Then I saw this recipe for bite sized (totally do-able) Bloomin Onion Bites. Friggin’ genius! These breaded and fried onion bites with a spicy dipping sauce will get your party going any day! All by themselves, they’re reason enough to celebrate.
Note that these do taste the best with a big sweet white onion (such as Vidalia) but if you only have regular onions on hand, that works too! Be sure to cut the wedges nice and thick. Be sure not to overcrowd your pan or fryer in order to allow all of the onion bits to get nice and crispy.
Bloomin’ Onion Bites with Dipping Sauce
recipe adapted from Spend with Pennies
1 large sweet onion or 2 medium onions
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon each thyme and oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
Oil for frying
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream, or greek yogurt
2 teaspoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon horseradish
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Combine all dip ingredients and set aside, preferably in the refrigerator.
2. Cut the onion in half and make slices down the onion to make wedges. In a bowl, toss flour and seasonings except seasoning salt. In a second bowl, whisk eggs, milk and 1/2 cup water.
3. Ensure onion slices are separated and place the onion wedges in a large ziploc bag. Add about 3/4 cup of the flour mixture and shake well to coat. Using a fork, gently lift out about 6 onion wedges and put them into the egg mixture. Using a fork, remove them from the egg mixture and into the flour mixture in the bowl. Toss to coat. (So it’s Flour. Egg. Flour.)
4. Place on a rack while coating all of the onions. Gently tap the rack to remove excess flour before frying.
5. Heat deep fryer or a couple of inches of oil in a pan to 360-375 degrees. Place the onions into the deep fryer or oil in small batches for about 6 minutes or until browned and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd them. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels.
6. Serve warm with chilled dipping sauce.