The blooming onion will always remind me of the Hanger Bar in Juneau Alaska, which was where I first had this delectable appetizer. Luckily, when I moved to MA, we were able to get it at Outback Steakhouse, which is famous for it. Since moving to the UK, we realized that our special cutter was missing, but Amazon saved the day and we were able to order a replacement! We recently purchased an air fryer after feeling a little skeptical about it. However, since buying one, we have not had a single thought of returning to deep fat frying. My husband is a total convert, as it is cleaner, doesn’t put grease all over the kitchen, and doesn’t require the difficulty of changing the oil, that a deep fryer requires.
(For another fun appetizer, click this link https://winewithfood.org/2020/07/15/hooters-style-buffalo-shrimp-in-the-air-fryer/ )
WINE NOTE: Fried food- even air fried- works well with sparkling wine. For fantastic bargains that are not over produced, move away from the Prosecco and try Cremant or Cava! Cremant has similar properties to Champagne and Cava is made in the same process as Champagne and is often less expensive than Prosecco but great quality for the price. If it is a special occasion, maybe go for some English sparkling wine, such as Nyetimber or Camel Valley!!
- 1 yellow or white onion
- 1/2 cup flour seasoned
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk (or any milk)
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs (Italian Seasoned)
- 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (UK scroll to end of recipe for link)
- olive oil in cooking oil sprayer
2/3 c. light mayonnaise
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tbs djjon mustard
- 1 tbs Chipotle paste
- 200ml veg oil
- 1 lime juice only
For the onion, mix the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Place the seasoned flour in a bowl then blend the breadcrumbs and Old Bay Seasoning together in another bowl.
Carve the onion with the blooming onion cutter guide.
Dredge the onion through the flour, dip it in the egg mixture and then dredge through the breadcrumbs to coat.
Heat the air fryer 375F or 190C Place the onion in the air fryer for 15 minutes.
Serve immediately with the dips.
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