We’ve all been to the popular steakhouses like Outback and indulged on one of their large deep fried bloomin onions. It seems no matter how hard you try if someone at the table orders the popular appetizer you are destined to have some. A word of caution: the fat and calories involved with one of these onions are staggering (for the faint of heart skip this next sentence) Almost 3000 (depending on your chain restaurant and dipping sauce consumption). That’s right! Even if you split the appetizer and aren’t tempted by the sauce, you have probably consumed your daily calorie allowance by the end of the appetizer. Ouch!
The idea of waiting all day to eat half an appetizer doesn’t sound appealing to me, but I am human and I sometimes want to indulge. My skinny bloomin onion recipe gives me the ability to indulge my taste buds but not necessarily torpedo my waistline doing so.
Doing this dish at home also allows for some customization options as well, you can swap out the cereal for bread crumbs for additional crunch or add sriracha to the dipping sauce for some extra zing! You could taken the calorie count even lower by using egg substitute instead! Let me know how you love your blooming onion.
- 1 cup bran cereal (We used Fiber One)
- ¼ tsp zesty salt
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp cayenne
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large onion
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tsp. ketchup
- ¼ tsp zesty salt
- ⅛ tsp chili powder
- Add cereal to food processor or blender and reduce to crumbs.
- Add crumbs remaining spices to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Cut/Peel the outer layer of the onion, leave the root end in tact.
- With a large knife, cut down across the onion stopping about half and inch from the root at the bottom.
- Repeat this cut to divide the onion into four sections (still connected by the root at the bottom) continue dividing these quarters in half until you have the desired size of petals.
- Place onion root side down in a large bowl of cool water and let stand for ten minutes.
- This soak will help the petals begin to separate, at the end of the soak spread out the remaining petals by hand, remove and drain water, pat dry both the bowl and onion.
- Place onion back in dry bowl (root down)
- In a small bowl beat the two eggs. Drizzle the egg over the onion, coating each petal completely.
- Coat evenly with spice mixture, this may require “touching up” the petals with egg.
- Place completed onion on a sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until outside is toasted, and the onion soft.
Recipe Inspiration: Skinny Girl