Every Saturday night we have a tradition in our house of making appetizers while we watch the hockey game on TV. It is a great way to try out different recipes, so I can be sure that they will be good for when I make them for a crowd. I know I have found a keeper when someone says “What, they are all gone?” Those are the best moments.
Last Saturday I wanted onion rings or even better a blooming onion. The problem was every time I have tried blooming onions they just don’t turn out quite right. They are very hard to coat evenly without the onion falling a part or having more of a professional fryer. So instead I decided to make onion petals. Easier to work with, fry and just so yummy. It may not be a fancy appetizer but for a game day, they are pretty good.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 large onions
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 tbs of paprika
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tsp of srirancha sauce
- Vegetable oil for frying
Here is how to make it:
- In a bowl, mix the milk and egg and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder.
- Cut the top and bottoms of the onion. Cut the onion into quarters and separate the onion quarters into petals.
- Dip each onion petal in both the the milk mixture, then the flour mixture twice.
- Heat the oil in a large pot and fry each of the onion petals in the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the onions, fry them in batches.
- Drain the fried onion petals on paper towels to drain.
- Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup and sriracha sauce in a small serving bowl until combined. Adjust seasonings to taste.
- Serve the deep fried onion petals with the sance.
I hope this recipe inspires you in your kitchen – enjoy!