Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Onion Petals (aka Chili's Awesome Blossom, remake)


Like most of ya'll, I can easily recall being in my early 20's & watching everyone go crazy over those onion blossoms, from Chili's.  At the time, I was working there so I watched them go flying off shelves like there was no tomorrow.  But no one, I knew, could duplicate what they were able to pull off in that commercial kitchen, until now.  Here is a simple way to enjoy this amazing treat in your own home & with your family.  We don't deep fry very often so when it happens, you know it's for something that is fantastic!!  One bite & my entire family was instantly hooked.  My father, who is rarely seem without a giant potato on his plate for dinner was eating these as fast as we could pull them out of the fryer.  My mom pulled out the deviled egg plate & they fit perfectly!  And when they were gone, I could have swore I heard Taps playing in the background.  

Ingredients:
1 yellow onion, large
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cumin
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Cut off both ends of the onion, cut in half & then in quarters.  In 2 separate shallow dishes, combine 1 with eggs & buttermilk, set aside.  Combine 2nd dish with flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, cumin.  Dip onion in egg mixture, then dredge in flour, shake off any excess.  Place in deep fryer & cook til brown, about 1-2 mins.  Be sure and do it in small batches so that they won't stick together.  Remove & place on paper towel to drain.  Serve with jalapeno mayonnaise (recipe to follow).  

Jalapeno Mayonnaise
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried jalapenos
1 large garlic clove, grated (2 small)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp onion powder
8-10 dashes hot sauce
salt & pepper to taste

Mix together & let marinate for several hours or overnight.  

IDEAS: We have served the mayo with chili, as a dressing for a salad, spread on sandwiches & I even spread it on sourdough bread, then topped it with cheese & stuck it in the broiler to make a spicy cheese toast (my personal favorite). 

7 comments:

  1. I'm doing my best to not drop everything that I'm doing and make these right now!

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  2. Oh yum! Yep - deep frying is a definite treat; but when it happens it tends to be a thing of glory. These look awesome

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  3. I think these are just sooooooooooo cute and clever...love onion rings...well, petals now! Or would that be pedals!! xoxoxo

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  4. I've only ordered that giant onion a couple of times but I always felt mucho guilt. But these look totally worth it :)

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  5. Just stumbled across your blog, and I'm so glad I did! It's so nice to find southern bloggers (and close to my stomping ground)!

    I knew this blog would be a perfect fit when I saw fried onions w/ a spicy mayo! Right up my alley!

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  6. YUM! I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share your tasty recipe with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  7. My family would go nuts for these! They sound delicious:)

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