We’re just about a week away from Super Bowl Sunday and I’m sure everyone is busy searching the internets for snack ideas for the big game! Today we have our last recipe repost (before giving you guys some awesome, new stuff….3 new recipes, before this Sunday, to be exact!). It’s our baby bloomin’ onions!! Yes, these little guys are a little time consuming, but they can be prepped a head of time…all the way up to the dredging! So when the big day comes, you just have to pop them out of the fridge and carefully drop them into the fryer oil and you’re good to go! If you do want to make them ahead of time, dredge them in the egg and flour mixtures then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure they don’t touch one another, and freeze. Once froze, pop them into a resealable plastic bag and keep in the freeze until ready to use.
Since last year, when I wrote about never having actually had a real bloomin’ onion (original post below), I went and got one! Man, those things are BIG! It was super taste and heat-clogging, just as expected, but I think I dig these little guys just a tad bit more because of the “bite-sized” aspect of them. It really allows for a bigger surface area for delicious, battery, crispiness! These guys are seriously so fun to serve (and eat!) and they’ll definitely be the bad-ass highlight of any Super Bowl party! Enjoy! xx, Jenny
I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet today, because I feel like this recipe really speaks for itself. I mean, who has never had or at least never heard of the Bloomin’ Onion? No one, right?! They’re such intense, gigantic, funny things but I would totally be lying if I said I wasn’t a sucker for one. I actually haven’t had a bloomin’ onion in years, but this recipe seems appropriate with the upcoming food holiday, the super bowl, coming up….and because I tend to be obsessed with tiny foods, I was pretty set on figuring out a way to “minify” them.
First I tried using pearl onions, but they don’t have enough layers to really give that “bloomin’” effect. Next, I tried cippollini onions and they work perfectly! If you have a hard time removing the skins you can try soaking them in warm water, which usually helps to loosen them up. This recipe is slightly labor intensive, but I think it’s totally worth it and perfect for fun get-togethers. You can also save on time, by peeling and slicing up the onions ahead of time, so all you’re left with is dredging and frying.
These little guys fry up so well, with a light a crispy shell that crunches into a soft and slightly caramelized center. So good! I recommend serving these up with a simple buttermilk ranch dipping sauce, but ranch and fried things really go hand-in-hand. If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect super bowl appetizer to serve up, you should make these little guys. We’re sure they’ll be the hit of any party. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
Baby Bloomin’ Onions
16 cippollini onions
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
peanut or vegetable oil for frying
1. Fill a tall pot with 2 1/2 inches of oil. Preheat oil to 350˚F.
2. Cut off 1/8 inch from the pointed stem end of each onion, then peel carefully, ensuring not to peel through an actual onion layer.
3. Place the onion, cut-side up and make a cross-cut through the onion, leaving the bottom stem intact. Continue cross-cutting through the onion until you have 12 evenly spaced cuts through each onion.
4. Turn the onions over and use your fingers to gently separate the outer layers.
5. Pour buttermilk into a small bowl. Set aside.
6. Place remaining ingredients into another mixing bowl and toss together until well combined.
7. Dip each onion into the buttermilk, shaking to remove any excess liquid. Quickly dredge each onion in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Repeat until each onion is double coated.
8. Carefully drop a couple onions at a time into the hot oil, cut-side down, for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and fry for an additional 2 minutes or until each onion is crisp and golden brown.
9. Transfer onions onto paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Quickly transfer to a cooling rack or serving plate and serve with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.