Get Ready to Make a Bloomin’ Onion!

Backyard BBQ’s are in full swing and what could be better to start the party than a Bloomin’ Onion!  I’ve made this recipe several times and it gets rave reviews every time!

Bloomin’ Onion

Bloomin' Onion

Make a Bloomin’ Onion for Your Next Backyard BBQ!

This is easy to make and is like the Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse.  You don’t need any special tools to cut the onion – just a sharp paring knife will work.  Here is a great tutorial: How to Slice a Bloomin’ Onion.  Now…here is the recipe.  Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients because most of the ingredients are seasonings.

 Bloomin’ Onion Recipe

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Here is the easy recipe for a Bloomin' Onion. This is a great recipe for your next Backyard BBQ!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large, sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 gallon corn oil (for frying)
Instructions
  1. To slice the onion, cut off ½ inch from the pointy stem end of the onion (the top) and peel. Place the onion cut side down.
  2. Starting ½ inch from the root end, make a downward cut all the way through to the board. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion.
  3. Continue slicing between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts.
  4. Turn the onion over and use your fingers to gently separate the outer pieces. (The onion will begin to look like a flower at this point)
  5. Whisk the flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and ½ tsp. black pepper in a bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and 1 cup water.
  7. Place the onion in a separate bowl and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour.
  8. Lift the onion by the core and pat off the excess flour.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, fully submerge the onion in the egg mixture (spoon on top if necessary).
  10. Remove and let the excess egg drip off, then repeat the flouring process.
  11. Refrigerate the onion while you heat the oil.
  12. Heat the oil to 400 degrees.
  13. Using a wire skimmer, carefully lower the onion into the oil, cut side down.
  14. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays close to 350 degrees.
  15. Fry about 3 minutes, then turn the onion over and fry until golden, about 3 more minutes.
  16. Drain on paper towels.
  17. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the dip.

 Bloomin’ Onion Dip

This dip can be made the day before your BBQ and it will keep for several days in the fridge.

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You can make this a day or two before your BBQ.
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (don't use a substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon drained horseradish
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

 

Hickory Farms Features Vickies Baked Potato Bar Ideas

Baked Potato Bar

Looking for some baked potato bar ideas?

I recently posted  baked potato bar ideas and how to bake the perfect baked potato.  You can check out my post here:  Perfect Baked Potatoes and a Baked Potato Bar.  This is an easy way to entertain because your guests help themselves.  The baked potato bar is great any time of year.  It would be perfect at a BBQ on the patio or for a Super Bowl Party as suggested by Hickory Farms.  It is fun to combine different options on the baked potato bar – depending on the season.  Add piping hot chili as a topper in the cold winter months.  Add fresh chopped tomatoes or green onions when the garden is busting with fresh vegetables.  Hickory Farms suggested adding chopped summer sausage as a topper and I like that idea too.   There are really countless options..just use your imagination for creative flavor combinations. 

My recipe for the perfect baked potato is also easy.  You can bake as many potatoes as your oven will hold!  I love to add the sea salt or kosher salt to the outside of the potato skin before baking because it adds a nice salty flavor and some crunch to the potato.   And, potatoes are loaded with nutrition!   

 

Hickory Farms just featured our Make Life Special Baked Potato Bar ideas in their “Winning Super Bowl Party Foods” post.  In addition to the toppings I suggested, they added their chopped summer sausage — what a great idea!

Check out the Hickory Farms post on Super Bowl Party Foods for some great entertaining ideas:

Hickory Farms Winning Super Bowl Party Foods

Thank you Hickory Farms for the great shout out!

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

 

   

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