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Baked Bloomin' Onion
The Bloomin' Onion is a cult favorite and for good reason. We opted to bake instead of fry for a slightly healthier approach. It still has everything you love with the favorite, especially the sauce. We recommend buying the biggest onions you can find. It will make separating the layers easier and give you more shareable goodness. When pulling the slices apart don't fret too much if some fall out. Just roast them alongside the onion (or stick them back in!), it's how we got the idea for Bloomin' Onion Bites!
By celia de Flers
The allium family of vegetables includes aromatic staples like onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, and scallions. Some of the compounds contained in these vegetables—which give them their distinctive, pungent odor—are also what make them so good for you. They're a good source of allyl sulfides and saponins, which are thought to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and even hinder or prevent tumor growth. These vegetables also contain antioxidants called quercetins, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that are crucial for anyone with inflammatory or auto-immune disorders like arthritis.
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Baked Bloomin' Onion Recipe
By Celia de Flers
FOR THE ONION
1 large yellow onion
3 large eggs
1 c. bread crumbs
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
FOR OUTBACK'S SECRET SAUCE
2/3 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice off onion stem and set onion on flat side.
Cut an inch from the root down, into 12 to 16 sections, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Flip over and gently pull out sections of onion to separate petals.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and 1 tablespoon water.
In another shallow bowl, whisk together bread crumbs and spices and season with salt.
Dip onion into egg wash, then dredge in bread crumb mixture, using a spoon to fully coat.
Set onion on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden and tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile make sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, paprika, garlic powder, and dried oregano.