Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Crispy “Bloomed” Onion – Better Than Bloomin’

This no-fry version of Outback’s famous “Bloomin’ Onion” is way easier to make, way less messy, and yet tastes every bit as good. Maybe better, since every bite is perfectly cooked, and crispy. In fact, this came out so well, I didn’t even think about making a sauce to go with it, although that might be a nice addition.

Over the years, I’ve received many food wishes for a copycat bloomin’ onion video, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. First of all, you need a special cutting device to really get it right, but mostly it’s the deep-frying part that turned me off. This is one of those things that’s easy to make using a giant, restaurant deep fryer, but in the home kitchen setting, not so much. Which is why I loved this approach so much.

We really do get an extremely similar experience here, and the doneness of the onion is almost identical to what comes out of a deep fryer. The “petals” are sweet, and tender, but not soft, as well as each and every one contains the perfect amount of crispy crumbs. I was also going to say this version is way less greasy, but not everyone would consider that an advantage.

Regarding my “onion nachos” comment in the video, I think this recipe would go beautifully with all sorts of additions. Basically, if it’s good with onions, it would be good scattered over the top of this. Either way, whether you make these as shown, or come up with your own variation, I really do hope you give them a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients to make two 10-12 inch round pans:
4 large red onions, quartered, boiled in heavily salted water as shown
For the crumbs:
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil, plus a drizzle for the top
2 cloves finely crushed garlic
salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne to taste
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for the top
chopped parsley to garnish
- To finish, brown under the broiler, or in a 450 F. oven until crispy and heated through


Anthony Vaiana said...

Could I substitute ketchup for the alcohol?

Janna said...

Is that pizza pan stoneware? Or is it a metal one?


Barb said...

Wow! I'm gonna have to try this soon! Imagine the fat grams saved from not deep frying?!

Walfke said...

Thank you for another fantastic food wish Chef John!!

I'll be making this one first thing tomorrow afternoon!

Barb R. said...

I have red onions groeing in my garden. They are pretty large and it looks like this is one of the recipes I will be trying when it is time to use them.

Agly8u2 said...

First of all chef, I totally love your channel, I have used your recipes a lot and (almost) never walked away disappointed.

However isn't it time you updated that recipe of "gravad salmon" or "gravad lax" as it is called in Scandinavian.
The three days version under pressure.
It is such a wonderful way to enjoy salmon, just don't forget to use fresh dill this time ;-)

Sajid Hunxai said...

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Jeanette said...

Chef John, OMGOSH!!!!! Best thing ever. It's that good. Love love love it so much I'd marry it if I wasn't already married. This is a real treat. Thank you.

Peter Thompson said...

Hi John,

First of all, thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe with us. I love cooking, and I'll surely try this at home.

I love cooking, and I always try to make pure and healthy food. I want to ask that can I sprinkle pure moringa powder on it instead of bread crumbs?

Actually, my wife and I are using moringa powder for the last six months. My wife is a diabetes patient. And using moringa powder is very beneficial to control the blood sugar level.

Quercetin, beta-carotene, and Vitamin C act together to balance the blood sugar level. In short, moringa is the best choice to reduce the risk of diabetes, and also it's perfect for those who have diabetes.

My wife didn't like its taste so I use to add moringa in food recipes so she can eat it easily.

Anyhow, I love your blog. Your efforts are really great, and I appreciate your work.

If you don't mind, I want you to share roasted carrots recipe whenever you have free time.

Further, I recommend reading 6 science-based health benefits of moringa oleifera.