Many people love the taste of a bloomin’ onion, but these are so difficult to make at home. Many restaurants serve them as appetizers, yet the price is not very economical. Preparation of a bloomin’ onion takes a large deep fryer. For those who are not interested in handling and frying the full size appetizer, make these tasty bloomin' onion rings instead! These taste the same and are perfect for dipping as well. Make as many or as little as needed. These go great with the dipping sauce made from the recipe included below.
Bloomin’ Onion Ring Ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 very large onion or 2 medium onions
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ¼ dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon of cumin
- Vegetable oil for the frying
- Beat the egg very well in a bowl.
- Add in the milk and beat well with a whisk.
- Sift all of the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Sifting will get rid of any lumps in the flour and help the spices be more evenly distributed for a better functioning and tasting coating.
- Peel and wash the onions, then slice them into onion ring size slices. Separate the slices into rings. For best tasting bloomin onion rings, use a sweet tasting onion. These are perfect to make during the Vidalia onion season. If those aren't available, I suggest another variety of sweet to mild onion. I don't like these made with strong, hot onions.
- Dip each ring into the egg and milk mixture. Then dip it into the dry mixture. Next repeat the process to get a good coating on each ring.
- Deep fry the onion rings until they are golden brown.
- Remove from the oil and lay on a paper towel to soak up the excess grease.
- Serve warm with the special dipping sauce, ketchup or alone. These taste great served all ways.
Special Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of ketchup
- 1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 tablespoons of cream-style horseradish
- ¼ teaspoon of paprika
- Dash of black pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and mix until well blended.
- Store the sauce in the refrigerator covered until ready to be served.
- Be sure to store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
*You can even cut the onions down and make the bloomin' onion bites. These are easier for dipping and perfect for parties.
**If you don't have time to prepare a sauce, these can be served with ranch dressing. I like the slight taste of horseradish in the homemade sauce, but sometimes there just isn't enough time.
*** Bloomin onions and/or rings aren't very healthy. They are deep fried and high in calories. It is estimated that one serving of the prepared onion with sauce has 600 to 1,000 calories depending on the size. Moderation is your friend with this recipe.